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Co-Lin mourns Winter's death


William Forest Winter

On the eve of its Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (NLCC) later this month, Co-Lin mourned the death of former Mississippi Governor William Forest Winter in a special resolution that highlighted his contributions to NLCC.


Winter died at age 97 in December.


"The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Board of Trustees, faculty, students, alumni and leaders of the NLCC express their deepest sympathy to the William Winter family on the loss of a great Mississippi statesman and devoted friend to education," the resolution concluded after citing his several contributions to NLCC:


  • Serving as Director of Proceedings at its inaugural event in June 1990

  • Suggesting program topics, speakers, award winners and films over three decades

  • Participating in programs as a speaker and in sharing his research and first-hand knowledge of Mississippi history and culture

  • Personal financial support and endorsements that helped secure grants and other funding

  • Serving for 27 years on an advisory committee

  • Lending his name to the NLCC William Winter Scholars program that recognized outstanding college-level students and faculty members in Mississippi


The resolution noted Winter was recognized as the "Education Governor of Mississippi" and was a "longtime advocate and promoter of all levels of education in the State of Mississippi, including two-year colleges, and in particular, Copiah-Lincoln Community College."



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