2003 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Little, Burton, Chaney, Dawkins, Dearing, Farris, Frazier, Furniss, Harden, Huggins, Hyde-Smith, Jackson, Johnson (19th), King, Mettetal, Michel, Minor, Nunnelee, Posey, Ross, Smith, Tollison, Walden, Walls, White, Williamson, Gordon
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION COMMENDING AND CONGRATULATING DR. WALLACE CONERLY, VICE CHANCELLOR AND DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER, UPON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT AFTER MANY YEARS OF DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVICE.
WHEREAS, Dr. A. Wallace (Wally) Conerly, M.D., has announced he will retire from his position as Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, effective June 30, 2003; and
WHEREAS, a member of the Medical Center faculty since 1973, Dr. Conerly served for 13 years as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs before he assumed his current appointment on August 2, 1994. A professor of medicine, he served as Medical Director at the Department of Respiratory Therapy at the University Hospital for 21 years and as Director of the Medical Center Division of Continuing Health Professional Education from 1979 to 1993. His medical practice is in the field of chest medicine and critical care; and
WHEREAS, as the Chief Executive Officer of the state's only Academic Health Science Center, he leads an institution with an annual budget of more than $609,000,000.00 and a yearly payroll for its 7,200 employees of $303,870,606.00. He is the Chief Architect of the Medical Center's ongoing expansion program, the largest in the history of state higher education. Phase I, completed in 1999 and totaling $211,000,000.00 included a new children's hospital, a new women and infant's hospital, a building for the School of Health Related Professions, an addition to the School of Nursing, a student union, two parking garages and an imaging center. A second $124,000,000.00 construction phase is now underway. It includes a critical care hospital already operational, a new 256-bed adult hospital, a classroom addition, a children's hospital addition and an expansion to the Arthur C. Guyton Research Complex; and
WHEREAS, a native of Tylertown, Dr. Conerly received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 1957 at Millsaps College and his Master's degree in 1960 at Tulane University. He did special training at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, did a fellowship in medicine in the Section of Cardiology at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and took a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was the institution's Mississippi Lung Association Fellow in Pulmonary Disease from 1972-1974; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Conerly served in the U.S. Air Force for more than six years as Director of the Aerospace Medicine Division for the 3350th United States Air Force Hospital at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and Director of Base Medical Services at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Recipient of the United States Air Force Flight Surgeon of the Year Award in 1962, the United States Air Force Commendation Medal in 1963, and he was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1966 at the rank of Major; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Conerly is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. His past and present professional memberships also include the American Medical Association, Mississippi State Medical Association, Central Medical Society of Mississippi, American Academy of General Practice, Aerospace Medical Association, American and Mississippi Thoracic Societies, American Society of Internal Medicine, Association of American Medical Colleges and the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. Dr. Conerly served a three-year term as the American College of Chest Physicians' Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. He is a former examiner and member of the Board of Trustees for the National Board for Respiratory Care and has served on the Mississippi State Medical Association Council on Medical Education, the Professional Education Committee of the American Heart Association, Mississippi Affiliate, and the Journal of Respiratory Diseases Editorial Review Board. He is also the state health contact for the Southern Regional Educational Board; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Conerly has served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Mississippi Chapter and the Capital Area United Way. He is past President of the Rotary Club of Jackson and past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University Club. He is on the boards of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, the Jackson Medical Education District, the Community Bank, and is a member of the Community Advisory Council of the Junior League of Jackson. The Mississippi Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Dr. Conerly and the Medical Center with its 2001 Hope Award. The award is given annually for outstanding community contributions. He received Millsaps College's "Alumnus of the Year" Award in 2002, and he and his wife were recognized as the 2002 People of Vision by Preserve Sight Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, Dr. and Mrs. Conerly, the former Frances Bryan (Bachelor of Science degree, Millsaps, 1958), are the parents of two sons, Al and Charlie; and
WHEREAS, we are grateful for Dr. Conerly's legacy of service in his profession and in Mississippi state government:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Dr. Wallace Conerly, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, upon the occasion of his retirement after many years of dedicated public service, and wish him and his wife, Frances, the best as he returns to private life.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to Dr. Conerly and his family, be forwarded to the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning, and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.