Bomgar Celebration – Joel, we are proud of you!

This week we welcomed the Bomgar company to campus to celebrate 10 years since their founding – on our campus.  We are proud of them growing to become a $50 million a year business, and 6 times being named one of America’s fastest growing private companies.

Governor Phil Bryant was the featured guest for this 10 year anniversary party.

The three founders are all 2003 Belhaven graduates  – Joel Bomgar (business major) along with co-founders Nathan McNeil (philosophy major), and Patrick Norman (computer science major)

We are proud of Joel, and he would be the first to give the glory to God.  We believe in Joel so much, that he is the youngest person ever elected to Belhaven’s Board of Trustees.

I love the corporate vision statement of Bomgar because they live it out in how they do business, and because it represents the finest of what we hope for in a Belhaven University education:

To honor God by applying Biblical principles

in relation to employees, customers and financial dealings.

Here is the story about the 10th anniversary celebration from the Clarion Ledger.  Click this link and see the video too.

A Mississippi company is taking its product and its success story on the road over the next seven weeks, stopping at dozens of colleges and businesses to show off why it’s consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing companies in the nation.

But the first college on the tour is one close to the company founder’s heart.

In 2003, Joel Bomgar was a student at Belhaven University, working in tech support to help pay for school. Now he is the CEO of Bomgar, a remote tech support company he founded that has thousands of clients in more than 60 countries.

The company employs nearly 225 people, most in its Ridgeland home office, Bomgar said. Other employees work from some of the company’s offices in six countries and 12 states.

Last year, the company brought in nearly $50 million, he said, a figure it hopes to surpass this year.

But the successful, home-grown businessman still remembers how his journey started.

Back in college Bomgar would have to jump in his old Buick LeSabre and drive to help clients with any tech support problem they had, a task he said pushed him to write the basic code for what would become an internationally used software.

“All the code for our original product was written right there,” said Bomgar, pointing to a building on campus where he and his company were announcing the bus tour. “I wrote it in between classes, on breaks. It all started right here.”

On Thursday, he was back on campus, but this time he was announcing the kickoff for the 2013 Bomgar Across America Tour, in whch an orange bus painted with the logo of his business will stop at 45 colleges and universities across the country.

“We have 7,500 organizations worldwide using our software, but we’ve never taken time to go city by city,” Bomgar said. The tour is focusing on colleges because he said his company has some 600 higher education partners and he would like to get more involved.

The bus is outfitted to give people a tour of the company’s product, Bomgar said.

Gov. Phil Bryant, who attended the announcement at Belhaven, praised Bomgar for helping create jobs in Mississippi and putting the state on the map for its entrepreneurial spirit.

“As you know, Mississippi is on a lot of lists,” said Bryant, adding the state has been consistently ranked among the best for entrepreneur success, including its recent ranking of No. 5 in the nation.

“If we had a football team ranked No. 5 in the nation, we’d all have bumper stickers,” Bryant said.

Belhaven President Roger Parrott also praised Bomgar for bringing notoriety to the university, where the successful alum has become the youngest member ever elected to the school’s board of trustees.

“I was thinking this morning that when I was in college I cleaned the science building in my school to help pay for school,” Parrott said. “Joel Bomgar decided to start a multi-million dollar company to put himself through school.

“And it worked out pretty well.”

Bomgar Celebration 11 am Thursday

Tomorrow we welcome to campus  Joel Bomgar, Governor Phil Bryant, the press, and the Bomgar team to celebrate 10 years since the founding of their company.

  • 11 am in the center of campus
  • a great celebration
  • tours of the Bomgar technology
  • birthday cake!

We are proud of our graduate, board member, business leader, and friend, Joel Bomgar.  And I’m thrilled they are kicking off this 45 stop celebration at Belhaven’s campus – where it all started.


BOMGAR Launches Coast-to-Coast Tour and Celebrates 10- Year Anniversary at Belhaven University

JACKSON, Miss. – Bomgar, the leader in remote support solutions and one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, began at Belhaven University and will return to the campus on Thursday, September 5 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate its 10-year anniversary and kick-off the Bomgar Across America Tour.

Belhaven University is the first of 45 stops to colleges and universities around the country. “We’re making Belhaven the first stop on the Bomgar Across America Tour because it’s where I took the first steps in building Bomgar more than a decade ago,” said, Joel Bomgar, Founder and CEO.

Belhaven students, faculty, alumni and Bomgar employees with Governor Phil Bryant will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Belhaven-born company, complete with birthday cake, balloons, live music and giveaways. “Belhaven is where I learned the fundamentals of running a business and met my co-founders and many future co-workers, making it a key ingredient in my company’s success.”

Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, said, “When Joel started this business on our campus, we thought it was a way for him to get through school, but his vision and determination grew his dream into one of the South’s leading companies.  We are incredibly proud of them, and along with Joel, are thrilled that a large percentage of his employees are also Belhaven graduates.”

Bomgar’s all-orange bus will not be hard to miss as it travels coast-to-coast with the purpose of promoting higher education and educating students about information technology as well as the company.  The Bomgar bus will feature hands on interactive demos and a chance for students to meet with Bomgar technical experts.  Bomgar has helped more than 600 college and university IT organizations make tech support easier.

Clarion Ledger Front Page Story – Moving Into Fitzhugh Hall

We woke up this morning to the Clarion Ledger front page, top story spread across the state, telling of our moving into Fitzhugh Hall.

Below is the story…..and I’ve also added two video stories they posted on their web site about this and one about a science student.

Belhaven University’s Fitzhugh Hall opens as new science, math building

Even though there’s still a couple of weeks before fall semester, a handful of Belhaven University students already were back on campus Tuesday, helping professors prepare new science labs for classes.

The labs are part of a recently finished project on campus, a yearlong $6 million project where the 100-plus-year-old Fitzhugh Hall was partially renovated and expanded following water damage to parts of the building and foundation, said spokesman David Sprayberry.

Sophomore Bethany Savoy of Brandon pitched in Tuesday morning, unpacking boxes in some of the biology labs. “All my classes will be in this building,” said the biology major.

Assisting Savoy was Bianca Key, of Jackson, and Jake Anderson of Phoenix.

“We’re just doing our part,” Savoy noted.

And while the help from students was appreciated, it was the professors in the building that were giddy.

The expansion to Fitzhugh not only meant updated facilities and more space, but it was also a joint effort of different science disciplines to work together, ushering the school’s program into a more modern science, said Reid Bishop, a chemistry professor and chair of the division of science and mathematics.

“One of the main things is the interdisciplinary space,” said Phylip Carlson, a chemistry and physics professor. “Traditional chemistry, biology and physics are in their own separate locations, but modern science doesn’t really work that way.”

The shared space means students can be better prepared for the workforce as well, said Bishop. “If you’re a chemist, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be employed by a biomedical company,” he said as an example.

The labs include computers with microscopes, linked with Wi-Fi for sharing results and findings with the rest of the class. Each new room offers more space, and the building is set up to use ultrapure water — a necessity for many experiments, Bishop pointed out.

“I’m most proud of the behind the scenes kind of stuff,” said Bishop of the technology and equipment installed in Fitzhugh.

With two weeks until students fill up the new site, Bishop and other science professors are itching for the classes to start back up.

“We focus on problems, real-life problems,” Bishop said. “Here we look at how do we use the different science disciplines to attack those problems.”


Video about the move into Fitzhugh

Video about freshman science student Jeremiah Reese

Bettye Quinn Remembers Newt Wilson

Miss Betty Quinn sent me a touching memory she had of Newt Wilson,

Proabably, Newt and Betty worked together longer than any other faculty or staff member did with Newt.

I told Bettye, today:

“If you’re able, you should go to the funeral, I know it would mean so much to Becky. Newt loved you so much. I remember when he first told me about Belhaven, you were the only faculty member he told me about. I thought they were all just like you!”

He’s been a great friend, and I’m so glad you can go to the service.  We will miss you at commencement but you’re needed there.

I asked Bettye if I could share some of her notes with you, and most of it is included below.

I’ll remind you again that the service for Newt will be at Hattiesburg First Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 11:30 am. Becky will be having a family only internment tomorrow.

Becky needs our prayers.

Here is Betty’s note:

Dr. Parrott,

I have not missed a graduation in 47 years….as you know. This is a dilemma for me, But I feel that I should go to Newt’s funeral. He and Becky have been my friends for so many years.

When the soccer team won the NAIA championship last fall, I sent him one of the shirts. He wrote me the most wonderful letter back. I made cheese straws for him every year and sent them or he came for them. We knew him on so many levels…fellow alum, co worker when he taught Bible, Dean of Students, Vice-president, President and then as Board Member. He was always the same sweet caring person.

I helped Becky cook and entertain many, many times. She was the ultimate hostess. His birthday was September 22 — the same as the Hobbit… so many times we had a Hobbit party… everyone brought a gift but not for him… the gifts were exchanged… that was the Hobbit way. He loved that everyone got a funny gift instead of him.

Newt really loved Belhaven and all its activities.  As a student he sang in the choir. He loved that Belhaven was into all sports. And of course, the Bible and Christian Education Department was his forte. He really had a wonderful life accomplishing all he wished.
I would have called but I can’t talk without crying.

Love and prayers,
Bettye Quinn

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

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.

Tuesday Evening Concert

Belhaven’s Music Department will present the faculty voice recital of Dr. Christopher Shelt entitled A Teacher with His Students. Dr. Shelt, Professor of Voice, Church Music and Choral Activities, will take the stage with selected students past and present on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

As a teacher and performer, he finds great joy in sharing his love of music with others and this concert will be a celebration of the teacher-students relationship. The concert will feature ensemble singing from many genres and styles.

Admission will be complimentary and the doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Belhaven Honored at “Higher Education Appreciation Day” by State Government Leaders

Two of our brightest stars were recognized at the State sponsored Higher Education Appreciation luncheon today.  Congratulations to Prof. Rose Mary Foncree, and senior, Allison Kalehoff.  They made us proud.

The awards were presented by Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves.

The speaker was William Bennett, former Secretary of Education, and best selling author.