Student Activities Association (SAA)

University of Mississippi

Previous Miss University Titleholders

1950    Katherine Wright
1951    Jackie Walker
1952    Mertice Jeter
1953    Dora Lee Livingston
1954    Suzanne Dugger
1955    Linda Martin
1956    Sandra Webb
1957    Anne Fletcher
1958    Margie Wilson
1959    Lynda Meade**
1960    Patty Povall
1961    Annice Raye Jernigan*
1962    Catherine Parsons
1963    Mary Lou Pace
1964    Particia Alice Puckett
1965    Barbara Fitch Straub
1966    Betty Carlisle
1967    Martha Tate Stokely
1968    Nancy Carole Land
1969    Cynthia Gay Vincent
1970    Marilyn Hemphill
1971    Jeani Duckett
1972    Barbara Butler

1973    Tori Petty
1974    Donna Hilde
1975    Becky Moore
1976    Nancy White
1977    Mary Donnelly*
1978    Pam Hague
1979    Cheryl Stewart
1980    Wendy Shumake
1981    Becky Bush
1982    Daphne Park
1983    Kathy Johnson
1984    Kathy Manning*
1985    Susan Akin**
1986    Ladye Love Long
1987    Patricia Keith
1988    Dana Dalton
1989    Sherry Bowles
1990    Missy Hurdle
1991    Misty Hammack
1992    Lenena Holder
1993    Candy Carlisle
1994    Arleen McDonald
1995    Kelli Lewis

1996    Karen Smith
1997    Carissa Wells
1998    Audrey Dorroh
1999    Mysti Futral
2000    Megan Flowers
2001    Misty Rea
2002    Jessica Hill
2003    Jennifer Jernigan
2004    April Lancaster
2005    Jennifer Jernigan
2006    Tara Tutor
2007    Amanda Harmon
2008    Mary Brandon Norman
2009    Brooke Beard
2010    Adrian Turner
2011     Katherine Barkett
2012     Kayla Snow
2013     Caroline Conerly
2014     Anna Beth Higginbotham
2015     France Beard
2016     Carol Coker
2017     Leah Gibson

The pageant, a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi and Miss America pageants, began at the University in 1950 with the selection of Katherine Wright of Oxford as the first Miss University.  The University of Mississippi has had five girls claim the title of Miss Mississippi as representative of the University.  Lynda Mead (1959), Annice Raye Jernigan (1961), Mary Donnelly (1977), Kathy Manning (1984), and Susan Akin (1985) all claimed the title of Miss Mississippi as Miss University.  Lynda Lee Mead and Susan Akin went on to win the crown of Miss America as they represented Mississippi in Atlantic City.  The University is proud of its history in the Miss Mississippi and Miss America pageant system.