2005 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Mettetal, Browning, Chaney, Davis, Doxey, Flowers, Frazier, Gollott, Lee (47th), Little

Senate Concurrent Resolution 524

(As Adopted by Senate)


     WHEREAS, when Dr. David McWilliams Haraway assumed the presidency of Northwest Mississippi Community College in 1985, he brought to the position a legacy that contained a commitment to education, a love for athletics and a fondness for music.  After 19 years of faithful service as President of Northwest, Dr. Haraway will retire at the end of the academic year; and

     WHEREAS, he is the second of five sons born to Jane McWilliams Haraway, a music teacher, and Maury Haraway, an English teacher and baseball coach.  Dr. Haraway was outfielder and first baseman on his dad's Olive Branch High School baseball team and played defensive halfback in football.  His musical talent found its expression on the bass, while all of his brothers played guitar; and

     WHEREAS, after graduating with honors from Olive Branch High School, Haraway attended the University of Mississippi where he earned three degrees:  Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Supervision; and

     WHEREAS, this sequence of higher education was interrupted by a tour of duty in the United States Army and later his first teaching assignment at Olive Branch Junior High School.  While working on his doctorate, he was a Research Associate for the University of Mississippi School Planning Laboratory and taught graduate level courses; and

     WHEREAS, the Southaven campus became his training ground for the President's job.  He worked as an Assistant Director of the center, Director of Research and Development and Director of Fiscal Affairs.  Until he became President, he taught ten different graduate courses for Ole Miss at DeSoto Center.  On the Senatobia campus he was Director of the Computer Operations Center and Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Operations before being named President of Northwest on September 26, 1985; and

     WHEREAS, this wealth of experience, heritage of education and record of achievement brought to the presidency a man well prepared for the task.  From Dr. Haraway's commitment to ensure quality educational opportunities for students have come increased enrollment, expanded programs, services and scholarships, national recognition for the athletic program, renovated facilities, a new campus for DeSoto Center, additions at Oxford and Southaven, and a revitalized Senatobia campus; and

     WHEREAS, on June 8, 2000, the Board of Trustees honored Dr. Haraway with a unanimous vote to name a new facility on the Senatobia campus in his honor, and on June 12, 2003, a groundbreaking ceremony for the David M. Haraway Cafeteria and Conference Center was held at the future site; and

     WHEREAS, as important as his Northwest family is to him, Dr. Haraway finds quality time for his own family.  He is married to the former Ellen Allen of Olive Branch, a Cardiopulmonary Perfusionist at Baptist Memorial Hospital and part owner of Delta Perfusion in Memphis, Tennessee.  They have two children:  Neil, a graduate of Northwest and the University of Mississippi who is a student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Lucia Nelson, who teaches Art at Horn Lake High School.  His daughter, Claudia, a graduate of Northwest and Delta State University, teaches Kindergarten in Lake Charles; and

     WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we recognize the contributions of this dedicated Mississippi educator who has brought honor to his college, his community and to the State of Mississippi:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby commend the career and legacy of excellence in higher education and public service of Dr. David M. Haraway, President of Northwest Mississippi Community College, congratulate him on his retirement and extend to him and his family the best wishes of the Legislature for success in their future endeavors.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to Dr. Haraway and be made available to the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges and the Capitol Press Corps.