Graduates of the University of Mississippi elected for their significant contributions since graduation.
D. Ronald Musgrove
Former Governor of the State of Mississippi; strong and effective advocate for high quality, public education at all levels; secured scholarship funds for Mississippi teachers; quadrupled the number of Master Teachers in the State; signed the education reform bill that would ensure proven educational programs were funded first in the State’s budgeting process.
Inducted on April 2, 2004.
Secretary Mabus served as Governor of Mississippi from 1988 to 1992, the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1994 to 1996, and the United States Secretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2017. Secretary Mabus developed the Gulf Coast Restoration Plan after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund and José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen. He is Chairman of InStride, a public benefit education company, a senior advisor to Google Ventures, a director of two public companies, and one of the top fifty CEOs in America, as selected by Glassdoor. Secretary Mabus is a native of Ackerman, Mississippi, and received a Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi in 1969, a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1971, and a Law Degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1975. Secretary Mabus served in the Navy as an officer aboard the cruiser USS Little Rock.
Inducted on April 3, 2020.
Clem Damon Miguel Moore
Dr. Moore (Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics) is the University of Mississippi’s twenty-third Rhodes Scholar. He is also the first African American elected to a Rhodes Scholarship from the state of Mississippi. Entering Ole Miss twenty years after James Meredith, Dr. Moore was a charter member of the University Honors Program. As a junior, he received the Taylor Medal for excellence in English. As a senior, he was president of the premed honor society AED. After graduating summa cum laude with a BA in English in 1986, Dr. Moore began his medical studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, taking a two-year leave of absence to earn a second BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, before returning to Hopkins to complete his MD in 1992. Dr. Moore completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle and then worked in Byhalia, Mississippi, as a pediatrician in the National Health Service Corps. For the last twenty-three years he has been a physician partner in private practice in northern Virginia. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic and, since 2015, chaired the Charitable Foundation and Philanthropic Committee of Loudoun Medical Group. Dr. Moore was one of two pediatricians nationally recognized with the Local Heroes Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012. While Dr. Moore’s first newborn patients are now in graduate school, he continues his work with the next generation as physician, mentor, and friend.
Inducted on April 3, 2020.