Department of Alumni and Constituency Relations Salutes Women’s History Month

Jackson State University alumna, Dr. Yolanda J. Butler, has mentored women in public service and helped emerging leaders navigate through the peaks, obstacles and successes of the civilian workplace since the early years of her professional career. Some could even say Butler’s commitment as her sister’s keeper dates to her beloved alma mater when she tutored her classmates and served as an editor of The Blue and White Flash, or as a young high schooler in Clarksdale, MS tutoring younger students after school at St. George’s Episcopal Church. Her grounding in public service is strong in family Jacksonian legacy, rich with educators and local leaders, and being of service to humankind.   Read More



Lela Hubbard has been a licensed master’s level social worker since 1998.  She has been employed with the MS State Office of Capital Defense as the lead mitigation specialist for the past 13 years. Her job entails conducting background investigations for defendants who are charged with capital murder in which the death penalty is sought.  Hubbard obtained a BA in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Social Work from, “Thee I Love”, Jackson State University.   Read More




LaTonia Banks is a native of Minden, Louisiana and the youngest of five siblings. She is a 1993 graduate of Jackson State with a bachelor’s of business administration in finance.  Banks has worked for over 20 years in the field of construction as Document Control Manager, Project Support Manager, and Senior Project Analyst. She is the owner of JCS Associates and JCS Tax Group. She serves as the Chairperson of the Operations Engagement Committee at Parkland Hospital and as her Department’s Employee Engagement Coordinator. Read More




Denise J Gregory

Dr. Denise J. Gregory is the Assistant Provost for Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives and an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Samford University.  Along with her administrative and faculty, she serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative and serves on various committees on campus.

Gregory attended Jackson State University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  After JSU, she successfully completed the doctoral program at Georgia Institute of Technology with a Doctor of Philosophy in organic chemistry.  Prior to her arrival in Birmingham at Samford University, she accepted her first position as an instructor of chemistry at Tuskegee University. Two years later she added to her resume and completed post-doctoral work in catfish genetics at the United States Department of Agriculture/ARS Division in Stoneville, MS.  Read More



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