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Gov. Reeves announces 8 appointments, still need Senate approval

Gov. Tate Reeves has announced a round of eight appointments within state government.

On Thursday, the Republican announced the following appointees, who will still need to be confirmed by the Senate before their tenure begins.

Bill Ashley, Mississippi Department of Employment Security executive director

Dr. William J. “Bill” Ashley is set to take over as executive director of MDES after serving nearly four years as director of Business Research and Workforce Development under the Mississippi Development Authority. Ashley previously served as president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He holds degrees from Mississippi State and Delta State.

Rhoshunda Kelly, Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance commissioner

Rhoshunda Kelly was reappointed commissioner of DBCF after initially being appointed by Reeves in March 2021. Kelly previously served in a variety of positions within the department, including deputy commissioner, director of bank supervision, and field examiner. With over 20 years of regulatory experience, Kelly was named a 2019 Leader in Finance by the Mississippi Business Journal and serves on the Conference of State Bank Supervisors Board of Directors. She holds degrees from LSU and Mississippi State.

Billye Jean Stroud, Mississippi State Board of Education member

Billye Jean Stroud was appointed to represent the Third Supreme Court District on the SBE. Stroud’s background includes 25 years in higher education and eight years devoted to community development initiatives. Since 2018, she has served as director of Community Development and Main Street for the city of New Albany. Prior to that, she worked for Discover Financial Services and the Mississippi College School of Law. She holds degrees from Mississippi College and Ole Miss.

Matt Mayo, Mississippi State Board of Education member

Matthew “Matt” Mayo was appointed to join Stroud as a new face on the SBE. In line to represent the First Supreme Court District on the SBE, Mayo works in finance but has served on multiple school boards. He currently works as Chief Banking Office for Community Bank of Mississippi, where he held a variety of positions before being promoted. Mayo currently serves on the Northwest Rankin High School Booster Club Board

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