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Rebecca Combs-Dulaney, CEO of the Phil Hardin Foundation, will speak at fall commencement on Friday at Mississippi State University-Meridian.
Combs-Dulaney will speak to graduates at 11 a.m. at the MSU Riley Center for Performing Arts and Education.
Approximately 103 students are scheduled to receive their degrees. MSU-Meridian officials say those choosing to participate in the ceremony will include a number from the summer term, for which there is no separate graduation event.
A native of New York, Rebecca Combs-Dulaney is a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport where she received her undergraduate and master's degree and was named a SUNY fellow. She continued post graduate work in Organizational Management at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
She began her early career in private industry as a vice-president with an investment firm in Rochester, then headed the Reading Assist Institute in Wilmington, Delaware where she directed applied research in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey schools.
Combs-Dulaney has served for nearly seven years as the CEO of the Phil Hardin Foundation in Meridian, a state-wide foundation that provides funding for the improvement of education for all Mississippians.
The Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014 and currently holds assets of nearly $50 million.
She has served on many boards, most recently on the Advisory Committee of Mississippi Building Blocks, an early education program which was appropriated state-funding in the last legislative term.
Combs-Dulaney also serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers, and the International Women's Forum of Mississippi. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Structural Steel Services Holdings Inc. in Meridian.
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