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2016 Academic Hall of Fame Inductee

Robert Pierce II
Robert Pierce II The Petal School District is proud to announce Robert Pierce II, as the 2016 Academic Hall of Fame Recipient. Mr. Pierce is a 1986 Honors graduate of Petal High School. Bob enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi where he was not only a top scholar in the College of Business, but among the finest student leaders. Pierce earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at USM in 1991. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Mu Alpha Marketing Honor Society, and Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities. He was inducted into the Southern Miss Student Hall of Fame upon his graduation, was named a Life Member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association that year. His early career highlights include working for the Eagle Club in intercollegiate athletics at USM and two stints as an executive with the Sigma Chi National Fraternity headquarters in Chicago. In 1998, Bob was named the Executive Director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and then named the Acting Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the USM Foundation until 2010. In 2010 he was appointed as Vice President for University Advancement until 2013. During his tenure at USM, Mr. Pierce spearheaded a team to form the Advancement Division of the University where fundraising eclipsed any previous years for donations and the Foundation grew to unprecedented heights. Bob completed his Master’s degree in advertising and public relations at the University of Alabama in 2003 and was selected as the 2003 Outstanding Graduate Student in that field. He is an annual member of The University of Alabama National Alumni Association. Pierce is a former member of the Board of Directors and former Chair of the Marketing & Public Relations Committee for the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation. In early 2008, Pierce we recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” business leaders in the state of Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal. Bob Pierce is married to the former Kristi Muench of Ocean Springs, MS. They have two children, Sarah and Drew. The public is invited to attend the induction of the 2016 Petal School District Hall of Fame Induction on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Petal Performing Arts Center. A reception will follow in the Petal High School Commons area.