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Leadership

Mission Statement

The mission of PERS is to provide secure benefits to our members and consistently deliver quality service by meeting our customer's needs, operating efficiently and transparently, investing and managing assets prudently, and acting in the best interest of all members.

Board of Trustees

The 10-member PERS Board of Trustees includes the State Treasurer, a gubernatorial appointee who is a member of PERS, two retirees, two state employees, and one representative each of public schools and community colleges, institutions of higher learning, counties, and municipalities. With the exception of the State Treasurer and the gubernatorial appointee, members are elected to staggered six-year terms. The Board is responsible for designating the System’s executive director and for establishing the policies for administration of the trust. The Board also works to carry out the intent and purposes of the state Legislature by establishing rules and regulations for the administration of PERS and the transaction of its business.

Current Board Elections

Retiree Representative Election Letter, Ballot, Biographies, and Candidate Statements

Requesting to Make Public Comments to the Board

Public Comments Policy

Request to Make Public Comments to the Board


Board Meeting Schedule

PERS posts dates and times of all meetings on this page, as well as on the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Public Meeting Notices website. From the DFA website, you can subscribe to be alerted by e-mail when an upcoming PERS meeting is posted to the site. To subscribe, click here.

Note: The committee meetings below will start at the scheduled time or immediately following the preceding meeting.

2023

February

  • Board Meeting, February 28 (Tuesday), 1 p.m.

April

  • Board Meeting, April 26 (Wednesday), 1 p.m.

June

  • Board Meeting, June 27 (Tuesday), 1 p.m.

August

  • Board Meeting, August 22 (Tuesday), 1 p.m.

October

  • Board Meeting, October 24 (Tuesday), 1 p.m.

December

  • Board Meeting, December 19 (Tuesday), 1 p.m.

2022

February

March

  • 1:30 p.m. (Friday) Special Called

April

  • Investment Committee, April 26, 10 a.m
  • Claims Committee, April 27, 10:30 a.m
  • Legislative Committee, April 27, 10:45 a.m
  • Administrative Committee, April 27, 11 a.m
  • Board, April 27, 1 p.m. (Wednesday)

May

  • Board Workshop, May 17 (Tuesday) 9 a.m
  • Special Called Board Meeting, May 17, 3 p.m

June

  • Defined Contribution Committee, June 27 (Monday), 10 a.m
  • Investment Committee, June 27, 10:30 a.m
  • Claims Committee, June 28 (Tuesday), 10 a.m
  • Administrative Committee, June 28, 10:30 a.m
  • Board, June 28, 1 p.m

July

  • Special Called Board Meeting, July 26, 1 p.m. (Tuesday)

August

  • Defined Contribution Committee, August 22, 10 a.m
  • Investment Committee, August 22, 11 a.m
  • Claims Committee, August 23, 10:30 a.m
  • Audit Committee, August 23, 10:45 a.m
  • Administrative Committee, August 23, 11:15 a.m
  • Board, August 23, 1 p.m

October

  • Defined Contribution Committee | October 24, 2022 | 10 a.m.
  • Investment Committee | October 24, 2022 | 11:30 a.m.
  • Claims Committee | October 25, 2022 | 10 a.m.
  • Legislative Committee | October 25, 2022 | 10:15 a.m.
  • Administrative Committee | October 25, 2022 | 11 a.m.
  • Board of Trustees | October 25, 2022 | 1 p.m.

December

  • Defined Contribution Committee | December 19, 2022 | 10 a.m.
  • Investment Committee | December 19, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.
  • Audit Committee | December 20, 2022 | 10 a.m.
  • Legislative Committee | December 20, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.
  • Claims Committee | December 20, 2022 | 10:45 a.m.
  • Administrative Committee | December 20, 2022 | 11 a.m.
  • Board of Trustees | December 20, 2022 | 1 p.m.

Board of Trustees

Bill Benson
Elected by County Employees, Board Chair
Kimberly Hanna
Elected by Municipal Employees, Board Vice Chair
Kelly Breland
Elected by State Employees
George Dale
Elected by Retirees
Chris Graham
Gubernatorial Appointee
Chris Howard
Elected by State Employees, Past Board Chair
Randy D. McCoy
Elected by Retirees, Past Board Chair
David McRae
Mississippi State Treasurer
Brian Rutledge
Elected by Institutions of Higher Learning Employees
Jay Smith
Elected by Public Schools and Community/Junior College Employees

Executive Staff

Ray Higgins
Executive Director
Mason Frantom
Deputy Administrator, Member and Employer Services
Lisa Green
Deputy Administrator, Benefit Services
Terri Hudson
Senior Deputy Administrator, Office of Administrative Services
Davetta Lee
Counsel and Policy Advisor
Charles Nielsen
Chief Investment Officer