University of Mississippi


President Sovent Taylor
Past President Carl Hill
President-Elect Johnette Taylor
Treasurer Kristi Boggan
Secretary Ev Barrett
Scholarship Coordinator Gazel Giles
Marketing Coordiantor Kara Parham

Officer Bios:

Sovent Taylor, President

Sovent Taylor serves as the President of Staff Council. In this role, Sovent is serving as the representative for staff members for all campus locations. He is responsible for leading discussions and bringing attention to staff concerns with Staff Council Members and the Chancellor. He organizes all meeting agendas, acts as the official spokesperson for the Council, and makes executive decisions without Council approval when necessary. In addition he will preside over all meetings.

Sovent has worked for the University of Mississippi for 9 years.  He currently serves as Assistant Director in the Health Professions Advising Office.  His duties include advising students in several health professional fields.  He also advises several student organizations, including Alpha Epsilon Delta Honors Society and the American Student Dental Association.  Other duties include but are not limited to, managing the health professional scholarships, supervising graduate students and staff and coordinating health professional events for current students.

Sovent is a native of Clarksdale, MS and attended the University of Mississippi where he received a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) in 2003 and his Master of Arts in Higher Education/Student Personnel in 2006.  Sovent is also married and has 2 children.



Carl Hill,  Past President

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Carl Hill serves as the Past-President of Staff Council.

Carl works as the Project Coordinator for the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, recognized by the Director of National Intelligence as a Center of Academic Excellence.  His duties include financial planning and analysis, budgetary and expenditure assessment of subcontracts, student data reporting, coordination of statewide and national project activities, overseeing recruitment and retention of students and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures.

Carl is a 2007 graduate and Luckyday Scholar of the University of Mississippi receiving a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and a Bachelor of Art in English.

Johnette Taylor, President- Elect

Johnette Taylor serves as the President- Elect of Staff Council. In this role, she is preparing to assume the role of President again, as she served as President in 2009-2010.

Johnette works for the Division of Outreach & Continuing Education managing the Jackson Avenue Center. She has been with Ole Miss for almost 12 years. She has served on several committees for the University and is currently also a mentor for the Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholars Program.

Johnette received her B.A. in 2013 from UM and has two children who are also alums of Ole Miss.



Ev Barrett, Secretary

Ev Barrett serves as Staff Council Secretary.  She is responsible for preparing minutes of each meeting, assisting the president-elect in maintaining a record of unexcused absences, and assisting in the preparation and distribution of correspondence and other Council business to representatives, staff members, etc.

Ev joined the University in 2007 as the Coordinator of iStudy in the Division of Outreach.  In 2012 she accepted a position as Project Coordinator for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  Her responsibilities include providing administrative support for the Dean and coordinating various projects related to faculty and chair activities such as Curriculum and Policy meetings, tenure and promotion, sabbatical leave, IHL reports, and quadrennial reviews.

Ev received her Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy (1981) and her Master of Arts in Higher Education (2010) from the University of Mississippi. She is married and has two sons.


Kristi Boggan, Treasurer

Kristi Boggan serves as Staff Council Treasurer.

Kristi is in her nineteenth year as the Administrative Secretary for the University Band Department.  Her duties include helping to organize the annual Mid-South Honor Band clinic which involves approximately two hundred high school students and seventy band directors, processing band scholarships, scheduling scholarship auditions, making travel arrangements for the directors and band members for all away football games, maintaining the band budget, overseeing all purchases and maintaining inventory, supervising graduate assistants and workstudy students, and providing customer service to area band directors and to current and prospective students and their parents.

Kristi received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 2005.  She and her husband, Chad, have three children, Steven, 22, Shelby, 19, and Blake, 12.



Gazel Giles, Textbook Scholarship Administrator
Gazel Giles serves as the Textbook Scholarship Program Administrator of Staff Council’s Staff Textbook scholarship program.

She announces scholarship application deadlines for each semester, process and evaluates all the applications for their eligibility and sends award mail to the recipients. She also coordinates with Ole Miss Book store issuing vouchers, with contractual services handling payments to the bookstore and also with the Department of Financial aid. In addition, she maintains a database of applicants and complete records of accounts to comply with University Auditors office.



Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss CommunicationsKara Parham, Marketing Coordinator

Kara Parham serves as the marketing coordinator for Staff Council maintaining the website, twitter, Facebook page, and other social media.

Kara has served the University of Mississippi for 4 years. Currently, Kara serves as academic advisor in the Health Professions Advising Office. Her duties include advising students in many health professional fields.  Other duties include but are not limited to, managing of the HPAO website, coordinating health professional events for current students, and recruiting prospective students. Kara also teaches an EDHE 105 course each fall for incoming freshmen.

Kara received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Ole Miss in 2007 as well as her Master of Arts in Communications from University of Louisville in 2010. Kara is married to her husband Chase.



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