JACKSON, Miss. – Howell “Hal” N. Gage, a member of the Mississippi Board of Education, announced his resignation today from the Board.
Gage, who currently serves as vice chairman of the Board, decided to step down to spend more time with his family. He was appointed to the Board in 2004 by former Gov. Haley Barbour to fill an unexpired term. He was reappointed in 2007 and his term was set to expire July 2016.
“It has been an honor and a privilege serving on the State Board of Education. I believe the state has made great progress over the years in addressing issues that impact student achievement. It is my hope that we continue to make improvements for the benefit of all students,” Gage said.
Gage has served as the chairman of RiverHills Bank in Vicksburg for 14 years. Actively involved in his community, he also serves as chairman of the Vicksburg Medical Foundation and past chairman of River Regional Medical Center Board of Directors. Mr. Gage is a former chairman to the Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce and a former advisory board member of the New Orleans branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Gage served as a member of the State of Mississippi Taskforce on Restructuring of the Minimum Education Program in 1996 and has utilized his financial knowledge and experience to review and analyze financial matters presented to the Board.
“Mr. Gage has made a unique contribution to the Board. He has posed probing questions in a respectful manner to ensure that the Board would make the best informed decisions for the education of children and the future of our state,” said Dr. Wayne Gann, chairman of the Board.