May 9, 2015 10:59:14 PM
Mississippi State's director of university parking, transit and sustainability is a recipient of a Mississippi Business Journal annual honor.
Jeremiah Dumas is included on the Jackson publication's 2015 "Top 50 Under 40" list published this month. Honorees, who have not yet reached age 40, are selected for their leadership in local communities and businesses.
For the first time in the program's history, this year's group was expanded by MBJ editors to name a Top 10, and Dumas was named a finalist for that designation. For more, see http://bit.ly/MBJ-Top_50.
"I am extremely honored to be recognized for the work that I have done as an employee of Mississippi State and as an active citizen in Starkville," Dumas said. "Seeing the positive changes and results of the actions that qualified me for this honor is the most rewarding part."
Dumas graduated from MSU in 2003 and 2005 with bachelor's and master's degrees, respectively, in landscape architecture.
He also graduated from the State Executive Development Institute, an annual summer program, offered by MSU's John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Economic Development, that prepares mid- and upper-level state and local managers to be more effective leaders.
Dumas joined the university's professional staff in 2006 as a landscape architecture faculty member in the GeoResources Institute. Three years later, he was named associate director of facilities management in the Office of Sustainability, and he was elected by Ward 5 to serve on the Starkville Board of Aldermen.
He co-founded and chaired the Starkville Community Market and served as vice president for the local Parents for Public Schools chapter. He also chaired Starkville Young Professionals and Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau, among other organizations.
As head of campus parking, transit and sustainability, Dumas is responsible for all institutional transportation operations. He also leads the Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit--known as S.M.A.R.T.--a free community bus transit system connecting the campus with Starkville's residential and commercial hubs.
"I look forward to continuing the effort to make a small difference for the community and university that I so greatly cherish," Dumas said.