Bobby Gault, a long-time member on the New Albany School Board of Trustees, was recently elected as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Mississippi School Board Association (MSBA). This election happened during the Fall Leadership Conference that was held in Nov. in Jackson, Miss.
Gault has been a member of the New Albany School Board of Trustees since 1976, has served on the MSBA Board of Directors for three years, and has served on the state board for six years. During his time on the school board, he has been a part of two school bond issues and two major construction projects.
As of 2011, Gault will enter his 35th year of service on the school board; he has served as board president for eight terms. New Albany School Superintendent Dr. Charles Garrett said, “Mr. Gault’s experience and expertise are invaluable to our district. His election as secretary-treasurer to the Mississippi School Board Association will serve to honor our district and the city of New Albany.”
According to Gault, the secretary-treasurer position with MSBA is no different than at any other organization. The officers meet once a quarter and twice a year there are meetings with members from various school boards. Throughout the year, they will meet in Jackson, Miss. but will also travel to Washington, D.C., California, and Dallas, Texas.
“Once you are elected to the board, you are automatically secretary-treasurer, the next year is vice president, president, and the final year is past president. Delegates nominated me and elected me. The position is voted on by delegates by school board from all over the state and they can elect me or anyone else from the floor. Each school board has an opportunity to have a delegate there.” said Gault.
Gault is a retiree from Mohasco Industries after her served 35 years as Vice President of Administration. He then went to work as Vice President of Operations and partner in his company, Gault Office Products. In the past, he attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and Strayer College of Accounting in Washington, D.C.
An active member of First Baptist Church, he serves as deacon, usher, and assistant general Sunday School secretary. He is a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the New Albany Kiwanis Club, where he is a George F. Hixon Fellow. Gault has served on numerous committees throughout the community including the Renovation Committee of the Magnolia Civic Center and the Patient/Family Advisory Council at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.