Congratulations to Trent Lott Leadership Public Policy Class of 2016 Recipients of Who’s Who 2015-2016 Recognition

Members of the Trent Lott Public Policy Leadership Class of 2016 gather to celebrate their being named as recipients of Who's Who 2015-2015 recognition.

Members of the Trent Lott Public Policy Leadership Class of 2016 gathered Thursday to celebrate their being named as recipients of Who’s Who 2015-2015 recognition. Among the 150 junior and senior level students selected, 15 Public Policy Leadership students will be honored at an induction ceremony to be held March 4, 2016 at 4 PM in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Pictured above are, from left to right:

Front Row: Grant Beebe, Mary Chandler Cossar, Anna Lee Whisenant, and Rod Bridges.

Second Row: Anna Grace Stout, Mary Katherine Berger, and William Kniep

Third Row: Caroline Loveless, Vivian Paris, and Ryan Snow

Third Row: Mary Elizabeth Kakales, Joseph Latham, and William Fisher.

Kate Aspinwall, Terrian Garvis, and Camille Walker were unavailable for photograph, as they are representing the Lott Leadership Institute and University of Mississippi in internships this semester.


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Lott Leadership Institute Public Policy Leadership Fall 2016 Brochure

 Patricia Lott Public Policy Leadership Scholars

Class of 2019

PPL 2015 Scholarship Recipients

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute is pleased to boast an exceptional freshman class. Among these leaders, we take care to celebrate the commitment to excellence embodied by recipients of the Patricia Lott Public Policy Leadership Scholarship.

Pictured above, from left to right, are Levi Bevis of Florence, AL; Morgan Cannon of Loxley, AL; Margaret Hay from West Point, MS; Mallie Imbler of Belden, MS; Reagan Moody of Franklinton, LA; and Cole Holland of Fulton, MS. Ann Morgan Lamar of Meridian, MS was unavailable for photograph.


Public Policy Leadership Alumnus Selected for Inaugural Class of The Public Interest Fellowship

PPL Alumnus Joshua Holdenreid will begin The Public Interest Fellowship in Washington, DC September 2015.

PPL Alumnus Joshua Holdenreid will begin The Public Interest Fellowship in Washington, DC September 2015.

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute extends congratulations to Joshua Holdenried, who has been selected to join the inaugural class of The Public Interest Fellowship. Holdenried, a 2013 graduate of the Public Policy Leadership program, will begin study in September.

The Public Interest Fellowship draws on the legacy of the great journal of ideas and policy founded by Daniel Bell and Irving Kristol, The Public Interest, which nourished generations of individuals devoted to reclaiming the enduring principles of the American constitutional tradition.

The fellowship program offers full-time employment to a select cohort for two years. Holdenried will rotate through jobs at a number of different organizations, each selected to give him pertinent experience. Such organizations may include think tanks, publications, and political campaigns. He will also complete a great books curriculum delivered through regular evening seminars, attend academic and professional retreats, and participate in events with public intellectuals and leading figures from politics and national security.

Along with the Lott Institute, Holdenried is also a graduate of the University of Mississippi’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

As a Lott student, Holdenried founded and developed the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) at Ole Miss; an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy. With the help of Dr. Eric T. Weber—who currently serves as faculty advisor to AHS—and Executive Director William Gottshall, AHS was able to successfully grow in its inaugural year under Holdenried’s direction.

“Without the leadership skills I developed as a Lott student, I wouldn’t have been able to establish and lead a successful student organization the way that I did,” explains Holdenried. “I also had the benefit of several peers from the Lott Institute who were already campus leaders, willing to help me navigate the process of creating a credible presence at Ole Miss.”

Weber recalls Holdenreid as a particularly engaged student.

“JD was always a great student to have in class,” Weber said. “ He was at the same time a thoughtful person with carefully considered views, while also being a great listener. He has a strong voice as a writer yet has a calm temperament that is refreshing, moderate, and mature. I believe that he has a future as a writer and an advocate and that we’ll all be better off because of it.”

Upon graduation, Holdenried accepted internships with the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies and Senator Bob Corker on the Foreign Relations Committee. Following his internships, Holdenried accepted a position as a congressional staffer for the late Alan Nunnelee from Mississippi.

Holdenried is currently a George C. Marshall Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Writing Fellow at America’s Future Foundation. He is also a contributor to Town Hall and a Research Assistant for Fox News National Security Analyst K.T. McFarland. Following his recent endeavors, Holdenried will be clerking at the BGR Group this summer until his fellowship begins in September.

Senator Trent and Mrs. Patricia Lott Celebrated at Staff Reunion

PPL alumni and current students celebrated the contributions of Senator and Mrs. Tricia Lott recently.

PPL alumni and current students celebrated the contributions of Senator and Mrs. Tricia Lott at a weekend reunion May 1, 2015.

Members of Senator Trent Lott’s former staff gathered in Oxford recently to celebrate the legacy of leadership demonstrated by Senator and Mrs. Tricia Lott.

Honoring the Patricia Lott Scholarship and related funding efforts, the weekend featured remembrances of Senator Lott’s work in Washington and student perspective on the future.

See for the opportunity to view and purchase photos from the event.


Six Members of the Lott Leadership Institute Inducted into Ole Miss Hall of Fame


The Six Lott Leadership Institute members inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame; From L-R; Phillip Waller, Rob Barber, Briana O’Neil, Anna Suggs, Christine Dickason, Channing Landsdell (Photo Courtesy- Kevin Bain, Ole Miss Communications)

Six Public Policy Leadership students and members of the Lott Leadership Institute were inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame on January 30.

Rob Barber of Hernando, Miss, Christine Dickason of Collierville, Tennessee, Channing Landsdell of Nettleton, Miss, Briana O’Neil of Brandon, Miss, Anna Kathryn Suggs of Kingwood, Texas and Phillip Waller of Madison, Miss were among the ten inductees to the Hall of Fame’s 2015 class.

These students were honored by the University for their dedication to community service and academic achievements during their tenure at the University.

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Lott Leadership Institute Featured in Ole Miss Alumni Review Magazine

The Lott Leadership Institute was recently featured in the Fall 2014 Edition of the Ole Miss Alumni Review Magazine. Read the full article below: