Rose Mary Hicks

Background: Rose Mary Hicks is a native of Holly Springs, Mississippi. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing from Tuskegee University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude of her class. Prior to joining the Alcorn family, Hicks served as a fundraising representative at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, development coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Mississippi Capital Area, Inc. and development coordinator/ United Negro College Fund regional development officer at LeMoyne-Owen College.

Years at Alcorn: I’ve been employed at Alcorn for one month as the director of annual fund and advancement services.

What do you enjoy the most about working for Alcorn? What I enjoy most about working for Alcorn is assisting students in fulfilling their academic dreams. I appreciate being in a position to provide opportunities for others to reach their full potential and become well-rounded individuals.

Most memorable thing you’ve learned from a college student or faculty/staff member: The most memorable thing I have learned is that many students seek an education not only to jump start their careers, but to change their lives, circumstances and some even their family’s lives.

Are you involved in community service? If yes, please explain.

- Board of Directors and Treasurer, Marshall County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

- Assistant Volunteer Club Leader, Lessye Lee Davis 4-H Club

- Fundraising Chair, Marshall County Relay for Life Survivor’s Committee

- Member, Be the Match Bone Marrow Program Mid-South Regional Advisory Board

Piece of advice for college students: Take full advantage of the opportunities you have as a student. This is the best time of your life, and Alcorn State University can change your life if you let it. You can gain lifelong mentors, achieve the unthinkable and travel places beyond your imagination. If you take full advantage of your opportunities as a student, Alcorn will show you that the world is your oyster.

Piece of advice for college faculty and staff: It is humbling knowing that over 3,000 students annually invest in us. They believe in our abilities to provide them with the best possible educational experience. They could have chosen any institution of higher education, but they chose Alcorn to provide them with not only a quality education, but with experiences to mold them into the person they need to become. It could seem like an overwhelming task, but it is a heck of a reason to get out of bed in the morning!

Role model and why: My role model is my mom, Mrs. Mary Louise Johnson-Hicks. She has worked at Rust College in the Alumni Affairs and Public Relations Office for over 15 years and has been a 4-H Volunteer Club leader for over 22 years. She is the epitome of a true community volunteer leader; to continuously give of one’s self without requiring any incentive in return is an invaluable characteristic. Taking on a role as a volunteer is not easy. It requires patience, determination, humbleness, love, strength and courage. My mom’s ultimate goal was to give her children something to do in a town that had very little activities for children to participate in. However, that goal has developed into motivating hundreds of youth to develop the skills, mindset and character to be successful in life and to be the best that they can be. My mother is my hero, motivator, mentor and the person who I strive to be like. I would not be the person I am today without her dedicated involvement in my childhood and continuous support. I hope to carry on her legacy and make a greater impact.