Reserve Your Dance Performance Tickets Soon

One of the most popular events on our campus is the dance performance each semester.  It is ALWAYS a sell out.

So make your plans soon or you won’t get in – see dates and times below

As always, tickets are free for Belhaven University Students, Faculty, and Staff.

Belhaven University Dance Department Presents: “Quest of the Designer.” We invite you to join us at this fun-filled choreographic production for the entire family, created by Belhaven’s dance faculty and performed by the Belhaven University Student Dance Ensemble.

April 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13

Friday, April 5 at 6:30 PM. Saturday, April 6 at 1 PM and 6:30 PM. Thursday, April 11 at 11 AM. Friday, April 12 at 6:30 PM. Saturday, April 13 at 1 PM and 6:30 PM.

General Admission $10 to the public; $5 for Seniors and non-Belhaven University students; Children 12 and under free.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert.

For ticket reservations, phone (601) 965-1400 or email

Alumn and Board Member, Joel Bomgar, Named to State Board of Education

Joel will be a creative leader for our state.  Report from the Clarion Ledger

Joel Bomgar named to state Board of Education

A leading proponent of charter schools may be joining the state Board of Education.

House Speaker Philip Gunn has appointed Joel Bomgar to the board, pending Senate confirmation.

Bomgar is founder and CEO of software maker Bomgar Corp. of Ridgeland. He also heads of Better Education for Mississippi, a group of Republican-linked business leaders pushing for charter schools.

Bomgar would replace Martha “Jackie” Murphy, whose term expires at June’s end. If confirmed, Bomgar’s term would begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2022.

Murphy, of Rienzi, was appointed by former House Speaker Billy McCoy, a Democrat.

The board oversees educational policy for Mississippi’s 151 school districts. Though Bomgar supports charter schools, plans now being considered by the Legislature would create a separate board to authorize and oversee such schools.

My ShareFaith Leadership Interview

I was recently interviewed by ShareFaith as part of their series on leadership.  They asked me to briefly address 5 questions:

Here is the interview:


Dr. Roger Parrott is an author, and president of Belhaven University. Dr. Parrott’s history of service in missions (Lausanne) and education has equipped him to provide solid advice for both experienced and aspiring Christian leaders. We asked Dr. Parrott some questions about leadership, and have provided his valuable answers.

1. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
Stability. We are leading in a remarkably uncertain time, and what those we serve need a leader who is not pushed back and forth by the changing circumstances. When a leader is chasing after a variety of options without assurance of what might be effective, hoping the next one will bring a solution, the people around us become fearful and constrictive in their work. They don’t need a leader who has all the answers, but they do need one who has a firm hand on the rudder to set a clear course during this storm.

2. What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
Humility. Answers are not hard to find if you listen. Charisma is not hard to whip up with a bit of practice. Courage comes with the territory of leadership. But most leaders fail because they don’t have the humility to understand their role is to serve others, not to be their boss. When a leader is humble, they hire around them the best people, they trust the judgement of others which in-turns empowers others, and they are accepting of ideas from any source. If a leader has the humility to understand the privilege of serving, rather than wanting to be privileged for being the leader, then the entire ministry creates the energy that pushes the mission forward.

3. How do you deal with anxiety and stress?
I have learned to look back – and in doing so I lower my anxiety and stress when I look forward. The future is ominous—but then, the future is always ominous! When we look ahead at our challenges personally, organizationally, or globally, we say “yikes” because the unknown is overwhelming. But when we look behind, we see the route we’ve already traveled is much like the one ahead. And when we recount how we have overcome the unknown and unexpected challenges of the past, we can say “wow” because of how God has protected us.

The reminder of the interview with my responses to the other 2 questions can be found HERE.

Tennis Milestone for Coach Levi Patton

Congratulations to Coach Levi Patton – today he achieved his 100th win as Belhaven University tennis coach.

Highlights of the 2012 season:

  • Top #15 ranking for the men’s team
  • National Tournament Appearance  – Round of 16
  • High of #21 ranking for the women’s team with a year end finish in the votes receiving category
  • 3 SSAC All-Conference Players – Jefferson Nino, David Mejia and Daniel Prado
  • SSAC Female Sportsmanship Award – Rachel Earnheart
  • Eleven NAIA Academic All-Americans
  • 1 NAIA All-American Player – Jefferson Nino
  • Men’s Team NAIA All-Academic Team
  • Women’s Team NAIA All-Academic Team
  • Men’s team record 16-4
  • Women’s team record 14-7

Academic March Madness in the Sports Administration Department

Dr. Howard Bartee, Chair, Department of Sports Administration, announced two special events next week for our sports administration majors.

Monday, March 25th, 2013, Marc Williams and Dr. Bartee will co-moderate an “Advice from the Pros” panel featuring Jay Harris, ESPN Sportscenter Anchor and Kelly Jones, Host of Better Kansas City.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, Cathy Pryor, Senior Vice President of Store Operations at Hibbett Sports will be speaking to our students about a new program called “Get in the Game: Development a Career in the Sporting Goods Industry”.

Also, one of Sports Administration Majors, Natalia Krier was featured on Fox Sports South during their Southern Showcase series on yesterday at 5 P.M. and will  re-air on the same channel Friday (3/22) and Sunday (3/24) at 10:00 AM CDT.

Did you know that next fall we are launching a major in Sports Broadcasting?

P.S. Hail Damage Report

I received a preliminary hail damage evaluation late today…..and the news is not good.

We have discovered that many of our air conditioning units were severely damaged during the hail storm.  Because many of these units are located on the roofs of our buildings, the hail pounded the protective metal covering and damaged the coils.

We are fearful that a number of our air conditioning units are no longer operable.

Not only is this damage costly, but we’ll have to rush to get them replace before the weather becomes warm and we need to turn on the air conditioning.

Extensive AND Expensive Hail Damage Across Campus

The hail storm of Monday afternoon caused considerable damage to the campus.

I’ve often heard of “golf ball size hail” but had never seen.  It was remarkable.

Many of our decorative light globes were broken, windows smashed, and a number of roofs will need to be replaced.  In addition, all across campus car windows were broken and many look like have been hit with hammers.

As a university, we must carry a high deductible level on our insurance policy, and thus we are expecting that our costs will be at least $50,000 before the insurance begins to pay – assuming they treat it all as a single event.

I was stuck in my car on I-55 when it hit, with all lanes of traffic blocked by the few people who decided to stop under an overpass and leave hundreds of us unable to move.

Interestingly enough, just a mile north of campus where I was, my car was not damaged.  While the cars on the campus were hit very hard.  The size of the hail fluctuated enough in that close range to make the difference between what was just a scary event, and one that severely damaged property.

If like me, you were spared by the storm, and would like to help us with a gift for our storm damage, we would be thankful.  Send a gift to my office and I’ll be sure it gets put toward the cost of this storm damage

Roger Parrott
Belhaven University President’s Office
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS  39202

Watch Fitzhugh Be Rebuilt in 90 Seconds

I had my first tour of the new Fitzhugh Hall today.  I’ll post pictures from the “new views” from the third floor.

The building is going to be magnificent.  It is on schedule to be open on July 31.

Today they started putting up the exterior finished walls, but even when I went through it at noon, everything was still open.  It will now quickly start to appear like the old Fitzhugh we love from the outside.

Cory Drake has put together a fabulous “picture a day” watch of Fitzhugh coming down and then going back up.  In 90 seconds, here is six months worth of work:


A Week of Beautiful Music at Belhaven

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Faculty Piano Recital
The Sachs Piano Duo
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
Dr. and Mrs. Sachs (The Sachs Piano Duo) offer a duo/duet/solo recital of repertoire including I Got Rhythm Variations by George Gershwin, Concerto for Two Keyboards in C Major, BWV1061 by J. S. Bach, Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 103, D. 940 by Franz Schubert, a monumental work by P.D.Q. Bach and some “finger buster” etudes.  Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

Friday, March 22, 2013
Belhaven Strings & Chamber Orchestras
Friday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
Come and enjoy a colorful and beautiful showcase of string solos, string chamber groups, and the Belhaven String Chamber Orchestra that features our University’s outstanding string students performing in a variety of settings. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

Saturday, March 23, 2013
All State Strings Concert
Saturday, 3 pm, Concert Hall
Mississippi’s best high school string students present the results of two intensive days of rehearsal and study. Ivan Del Prado is the guest conductor.  Complimentary admission. Doors open at 2 pm.

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Belhaven University and Jackson Community Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble Concert
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
Excitement through sound is in store for you as the full range of instrumental timbres, color, and energy flow under the baton of Dr. Paxton Girtmon and Mr. Owen Rockwell. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.