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Ole Miss First
University of Mississippi

Leadership Team

Rosie McDavid, MSW

Rosie McDavid is the Program Coordinator for the Ole Miss First Scholarship program. She is a 1983 graduate of the University of Mississippi, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama in 1985.

While in Oxford, she has been involved in a variety of settings providing mentoring to youth and young adults including the Leap Frog tutoring program, the Episcopal Church at Ole Miss and the Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholarship Program, prior to joining the staff of Ole Miss First. As the Program Coordinator, her duties include mentoring students, coordinating student dinners and volunteer opportunities, supervising office staff, serving as a liaison between students and donors and representing Ole Miss First in the larger community.


Tate Dye

Graduate Assistant

Tate Dye, from Meridian, Mississippi, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Alabama, then returned to the Magnolia State to receive her master’s in Integrated Marketing Communication. Prior to serving as an Ole Miss First graduate assistant, Tate was an editor for NewsLab within the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media. This summer, she worked on the development and marketing for the Mississippi Children’s Museum of Meridian. Tate is excited to spend her last year of graduate school with the Ole Miss First family!


Lilly Slaughter 

Graduate Assistant

Lilly Slaughter, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville. Lilly is a first-year master’s student pursuing a master’s of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. Outside the classroom, Lilly has worked in farm fields, in the community teaching culinary and nutrition, and in a research lab studying behavioral health outcomes. She is excited to be a part of Ole Miss First during her time as a graduate student!


Suzanne Helveston

Development Associate

A graduate of Ole Miss in 2002, Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in Business. She joined the staff of the Ole Miss Women’s Council in August of 2015, serving as the Career and Leadership Coordinator. Previously, Suzanne served as the conference sales manager for the Mississippi State University Riley Center, in Meridian, Mississippi. She also has over five years of experience in pharmaceutical sales, with Abbott Laboratories and Boehringer- Ingelheim.