Mississippi College supporters in attendance at the spring scholarship banquet enjoyed political and economic insights and an entertaining quip or two from keynote speaker Steve Forbes. Forbes’ March 29 appearance raised a banquet record of $312,875 to support scholarships at Mississippi College.
Editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, CEO of Forbes media, a regular contributor to Fox News, and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes is known for his outspoken opinions on everything from healthcare to the nation’s leadership to the future of capitalism.
Forbes’ appearance attracted more than 500 visitors to the Mississippi College campus, including Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell, and Supreme Court Justices William Waller and Randy Pierce. Bryant, an MC alumnus who teaches political science classes part-time at his alma mater, introduced Forbes to the welcoming crowd. Forbes’ remarks were followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mississippi College School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo.
Despite challenging times, Forbes predicted growth in the economy, saying, "This year will be far better than last year."
Forbes’ address included a call for an end to the nation’s enormous, complicated, and still-growing tax code, which now includes some nine million words and which even America’s scores of tax experts find difficult to decipher. The Declaration of Independence, Forbes noted by way of comparison, includes just 1,300 words.
Despite challenging times, Forbes predicted growth in the economy, saying, “This year will be far better than last year,” and also addressed healthcare reform, stating bluntly, “There’s no reason why the government has to take over healthcare.”
In an article in the Clarion-Ledger, Forbes was asked to size up the 2012 presidential prospects. “Sort of like the prom, I’m looking at everybody,” Forbes said, but added that he would support Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour if Barbour decides to toss his hat into the ring.
Forbes was the latest in a powerful line-up of speakers who have visited MC since 2008. Previous banquets have generated more than $422,000 for scholarships at MC.
“The scholarship banquet not only raises money for scholarships, but also raises awareness of Mississippi College as a university that hosts noted commentators on the American political and economic scene,” said MC President Dr. Lee Royce. “We’re pleased to bring these experts to Mississippi and to provide a venue for them to share their experiences and viewpoints with the community, and at the same time, raise funds to help the next generation of leaders attend MC.”
Scholarship Banquet Sponsors
The Presenting Sponsor for the scholarship banquet was The Lifeshare Foundation, led by CEO and Chairman Wayne Parker, a former Mississippi College trustee. The Lifeshare Foundation contributed $85,000 toward the event. Platinum Sponsors who contributed $25,000 or more included J.L. Holloway and joint sponsors Dr. Bobby Graham and Dr. Sharon Martin. The annual scholarship banquet is a component of MC’s “Growing the Vision” campaign, a drive to raise $80 million for scholarships, academic programs, endowment support, and capital improvements to the MC campus.