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June 22, 2014

Collier honored by Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women

MERIDIAN —     Kemper County native Katherine Briggs Collier was among 2014 Woman of the Year honorees at the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women's (MCSW) Third Annual Spring Luncheon.

    The event was held in May at The South in Jackson. "Harder in Heels" was the theme.

    The vision of MCSW is the improvement of the overall quality of life of women, specifically in the areas of education, health, economics, political participation, and race relations. American actress, author, producer and spokesperson Sela Ward is the first Ambassador chosen by the Commission. The honor recognizes a successful Mississippi woman, who has made a significant impact in her field.

    Categories for the numerous awards are Arts/Entertainment, Performing Arts; Business and Industry; Community Service; Education; Legal/Judicial; Medical/Healthcare; Military/Law Enforcement; and Political/State and Local Government.

    Collier was selected a winner in the category Political/State and Local Government. She is the first female to lead the Public Service Commission as executive secretary.

    Collier was the first director of the State Electricity Regulators Assistance Division. She received the Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council on Sustainable Energy Award. She was also the first female to manage the Mississippi Child Support Enforcement Legal Unit. Collier was admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts.

    Collier secured grants for energy efficiency through the Public Service Commission. She also worked with the Pipeline Safety Division to secure passage of standards on the pipelines in Mississippi. In addition, she worked on numerous issues before the regulatory board regarding the Public Service Commission's groundbreaking efforts to lower energy costs and enhance customer energy efficiency which gained national attention.

    Collier is the daughter of Eddie and Becky Briggs of Madison and Ann Briggs of Collinsville. She is also the granddaughter of Gene and Lola Watts of Scooba.

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