As far as we know, The Meridian Star's editorial board has always been comprised of the paper's employees. Not any more.
The Meridian Star's editorial board has five new members who have graciously agreed to sit in on weekly meetings to discuss the news of the week, choose topics to write about in our editorial pages and determine the paper's take on the chosen topics.
All five of The Star's new editorial board members are residents in Meridian or Lauderdale County and none have any affiliation with the paper.
Our feeling is that we want our editorials to reflect the views of our community as a whole and not just that of The Meridian Star staff.
The Meridian Star is still well represented on the editorial board. Publisher Tim Holder, Executive Editor Michael Stewart, Managing Editor Steve Gillespie and Accounting Manager Sherry Chaney will continue to sit on the board. But board members from the community at large outnumber those from the paper.
The five men and four women that now comprise our editorial board all have diverse viewpoints and political beliefs, which is exactly what we wanted. We are excited about the addition of the new editorial board members and believe they will help us to better serve the communities we cover.
We thank the new board members for volunteering their time for this effort.
We also want to take this opportunity to introduce our new editorial members to our readers. They are:
Born and raised in West Enterprise, Miss., Laura Croft-Jordan has a love not just for teaching, but for learning. She graduated from Boyd Elementary and Harris High School, received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Jackson State College. After graduating, she worked in the Meridian Public Schools for 10 years. Jordan was granted a fellowship to The University of Mississippi and received a Masters of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a Specialists Degree in Reading. She returned to the Meridian Public Schools System and retired after 40 years. She volunteers at Anderson Regional Medical Center and the MSU Riley Center, has served on the Lauderdale/Meridian Public Library Board and presently serves on Mississippi Action for Progress Board (MAP).
She is a contributor to the Accountability Performance Test, Test Item Review Committee for Basic Skills Assessment Program and co-author of "Soaring High with Test Taking Tactics." Her passions include traveling, baking, and listening to music.