Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Beth Clay of The Clay Firm in Jackson will speak at fall commencement on Friday at Mississippi State University-Meridian.
Clay will speak to graduates at 11 a.m. at the MSU Riley Center for Performing Arts and Education.
Approximately 110 students are scheduled to receive 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 Kemper County, Beth Clay is a 1967 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Following graduation, Clay became an award-winning English teacher in the Jackson area schools.
Drawing on her life-long interest and involvement in Mississippi’s governmental and political landscape, Clay attended law school and graduated with special distinction from Mississippi College School of Law in 1979, where she served as Senior Associate Editor of The Law Review.
Clay then served as Assistant Secretary of State for the Corporate Division of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office, Executive Director of the State Capitol Commission, and was a partner in a Jackson defense firm. In 2001, she established The Clay Firm, dedicated to legislative and government affairs.
Consistently named “Mississippi’s Top Lobbyist” she is the only attorney in Mississippi recognized in the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers in the area of both Government Relations and Legislative Practices.
Active in community and civic pursuits, Clay is a member of several boards including the Board of Trustees for Mississippi College, Stennis Institute of Government, Eudora Welty Foundation, Hope Village (founding board member) and past chairman of the Mississippi Arts Commission.
An avid supporter of Mississippi State, Clay is a member of MSU-Meridian Dean’s Advisory Council, the University’s Patrons of Excellence, the MSU Foundation Board, and was recently elected President of the Bulldog Club Board of Directors. She is married to Dr. John Clay and they have two adult children, John, Jr. and Stephen Lamar.