From Press Reports
North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora has welcomed two new members to the hospital’s board of directors — James Mason and Phil Ferguson.
The board meets monthly and is dedicated to the organizational mission — improving the health of the people in the region.
Mason is the director of Federal Programs and Curriculum in the Webster County School District. He received his bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in mathematics education from Mississippi State University. He received his education administration degree from the University of Mississippi.
Mason taught mathematics and technology until becoming a principal in 2001. In 2009 he became the director of the Webster County Alternative School until taking his current position in 2012.
In addition to his career in education, Mason served in the U.S. Army Reserve. His military career spanned over 33 years, including two tours of active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired at the rank of colonel in 2007.
Mason has been married to his wife Brenda for 36 years. They have two children, Gwen and Justin, and six grandchildren.
Ferguson is a 47-year-old resident of Mantee. He is a graduate of Cumberland High School and attended Clarke Junior College. Ferguson earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Mississippi in 1990 and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University in 1995.
Ferguson served as a teacher and coach at Bruce High School from 1990 through 1999. He was athletic director and football coach at Tupelo High School from 1999 to 2003. He has served as principal at Guntown Middle School (2004-07) and East Webster High School (2007-09).
Ferguson currently serves as director of the Webster County Career and Technology Center.
He is married to the former Sara Collins and they have two children — 14-year-old Claire and Sydney, 13.