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Cooper Manning to give keynote address at University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media graduation ceremony May 9

Posted on: February 11th, 2020 by ldrucker

A University of Mississippi graduate and successful businessman who is also part of a famous football family will be the keynote speaker at the School of Journalism and New Media’s graduation.

Cooper Manning will address graduates at the event set for Saturday, May 9, at 3 p.m. in the Grove.

“We are delighted that a member of the great Ole Miss family, who also is a member of a great football family and an alumnus of our journalism program, will speak at the school’s graduation,” said Dean Will Norton, Jr. “Cooper is ready, and we believe our May 2020 graduates will be ready.”

Cooper Manning

Cooper Manning

Manning now works as the senior managing director of investor relations for AJ Capital Partners focusing on new business development and managing and curating investor relationships. He has been instrumental in raising capital for Graduate Hotels.

Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Manning was a partner at Howard Weil in New Orleans in institutional equity sales specializing in the oil and gas business, according to a bio provided. During his 16 years at Howard Weil, he helped position the company as a leader in the energy sector.

Manning is also entering his fifth year as a host for “The Manning Hour” on FOX NFL Sunday Mornings. He dedicates his time to the New Orleans Recreation Foundation and Idea Village, a local business incubator that helps educate aspirational business individuals and entrepreneurs. He often speaks at corporate outings and summits.

Cooper Manning

Cooper Manning

“Cooper Manning is just one more example of what some of our program’s alumni have accomplished,” said Assistant Dean Debora Wenger. “We’re so proud to see this broadcast journalism grad on FOX NFL Kickoff these days, and we know he will inspire the next group of our graduates to achieve great things themselves.”

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This article was written by LaReeca Rucker.

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