As Mississippi looks to conserve and improve its outdoors through the creation of an outdoor stewardship trust fund, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann has named his three appointments to the seven-member board in charge of providing the relative grants to do just that.
Denny Terrell of Kosciusko (1st Supreme Court District), Joe Cloyd of Ocean Springs (2nd Supreme Court District), and Mat Lipscomb of DeSoto County (3rd Supreme Court District) are the first three appointments to the legislatively-created Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund. The other four trustees from each of the state’s congressional districts will be selected by Governor Tate Reeves.
“These individuals bring a keen business sense, strong work ethic, and a love of Mississippi’s outdoors and natural spaces to the table. There is much work to do, especially in our state and local parks, which have the potential to be premier tourism spots for Mississippians,” Hosemann said. “I look forward to seeing how this board’s decisions will positively impact one of our state’s most important assets—our outdoor spaces.”
The board will be responsible for providing grants to counties, municipalities, state agencies, and nongovernmental entities related to outdoor stewardship and conservation. Funding will derive from an appropriation with a cap of $20 million, excluding federal funds, with no minimum amount that must be allocated by legislators.
Terrell is President of Ivey Mechanical Company, LLC, which builds quality HVAC, plumbing, and process piping systems. He is a current Mississippi Economic Council member and serves on the Mississippi Renasant Bank Advisory Board. Terrell, an avid hunter, received his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Mississippi.
Cloyd is a managing member of several businesses, including two boutique hotels in Ocean Springs. He previously served as the Gulf Coast Director for the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal following Hurricane Katrina, and is a current member of the Ocean Springs School Board and Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Cloyd earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Vanderbilt University.
Lipscomb is managing partner of Higginbotham Insurance. He serves as executive director of the Northwest Mississippi Theatre Alliance and manages thousands of acres of land used for hunting and fishing. Lipscomb graduated from Memphis State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.