OXFORD, Miss.–Macey Edmondson, assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Law, has been named one of the 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal. According to the publication, they are looking for the “most powerful, influential women business leaders in Mississippi.”
“The UM School of Law is proud of Macey’s accomplishments and her receipt of this well-deserved award,” said Debbie Bell, interim dean. “She has all the best attributes of an outstanding businessperson. She has vision as well as the ability to execute a plan. And her collaborative spirit and genuine enthusiasm inspire her co-workers.”
The publication picks women who make a significant impact on Mississippi’s economy. In addition to the distinction, Edmondson will also be featured in a special color magazine and will take part in a development and networking program aimed to help her group grow even further as business leaders.
“I was a little surprised when I found out because this is a non-traditional business position, however I do have a budget to manage and I have to accomplish my initiatives and goals within those constraints,” Edmondson said. “It’s very much like a business.”
As the assistant dean for student affairs, Edmondson is responsible for providing support and counsel to the law school’s academic and extracurricular activities, and overall student growth and development outside of the classroom. She also oversees the Conflict Management Practicum and teaches a course in the higher education program in the School of Education.
“I love working with the students, particularly with student organizations because I can work with them to help them obtain their goals,” she said.
Edmondson obtained her B.S.B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998. She said her interest in law began with a class she took while an undergraduate there.
“When I was at Southern, I was a banking and finance major,” she said. “I took business law from Professor Robert Jackson and I loved it.”
Edmondson then graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2001, where she earned the Outstanding Student in Commercial Paper Law Award, was the research assistant for Professor Ari Afilalo in European Community Law and was the Gorove International Law Society vice president, Delta Theta Phi Honor Society president, and a member of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association.
She obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education in 2013 from the University of Mississippi while working at the law school. She received the Frank E. Moak Memorial Award and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Student Personnel Association.
“I have the best of both worlds, because I’m using both my law degree and higher ed degree,” she said. “I always said I wanted to be the Sparky Reardon of the law school, and I’m lucky to be doing that.”