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The Mississippi Center for Public Policy announces Leadership Academy
(Jackson, MS): The Mississippi Center for Public Policy announced the launch of the Mississippi Leadership Academy today. 

The Mississippi Leadership Academy is a six-step program designed to equip college student leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective change agents within the state. The program will run out of the MCPP offices, conveniently located in the capital city, beginning in fall 2022 and ending in May 2023. 

The Leadership Academy is a way to inform, educate and connect the rising generation of Mississippians to the free market and the realm of policymaking. It will introduce participants to some of the key institutions and individuals that impact public policy in the state, as well as gain experience and see real-world government action

Mississippi needs change if we are to stop being 50th out of 50,” MCPP CEO & President Douglas Carswell said. “Our Leadership Academy aims to help us achieve policy change by supporting future leaders for our state. We have put together an exciting program that introduces participants to the key challenges we face.”

Students can apply for the academy through the MCPP website at 

We have an impressive lineup of speakers for the program, including State Auditor Shad White, Chip Pickering and several leading academics, opinion formers and policy experts.

Upon graduation, students will have made connections with student peers, as well as our state’s preeminent thought leaders, and will graduate from the program better prepared to defend American principles, enter the workforce and lead. Aside from learning about policymaking in our state, a key aspect of the program is to encourage and inspire young Mississippians to stay, live and work in the Magnolia State.

Mississippi has had a conservative super majority for a number of years,” Carswell said. “The Leadership Academy aims to foster a shared sense of mission and purpose as to how we might use the majority to deliver real change.” is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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