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Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Accepting Nominations for the 49th Annual Citizen of the Year Honoree


The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for 2020 Citizen of the Year for the Oxford/Lafayette County/University community.  

Each year since 1972, the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce has sought to recognize individuals who have made positive contributions to Oxford, Lafayette County, and the University of Mississippi as its Citizen of the Year. If you know of someone who has benefited and made a direct, lasting impact on our community through volunteer service, please help to recognize them by submitting their name as a nominee for 49th Annual Citizen of the Year.  

A completed nomination form, a typewritten biography of the individual, and three nomination letters are required for each nomination. Last year’s honoree for Citizen of the Year was Judge Andrew “Andy” Howorth. A complete list of past recipients can be found here

Candidates will be judged on the basis of the following criteria:  1) Positive contributions to the Oxford/Lafayette/University community; 2) Contributions above and beyond those normally expected in an elective or appointive office, or above and beyond mere success in a business or profession; and 3) Perception as a role model for good citizenship and volunteerism in a non-paid capacity. No candidate shall be discriminated against because of race, creed, color, age, sex or national origin. Consideration of candidates shall be in strict confidence and no announcement of the successful candidate will be made prior to the Chamber/EDF Annual Meeting Luncheon, scheduled for May 13, 2020. 

To get more information, a nomination form, or to inquire about the guidelines for Citizen of the Year, stop by the Chamber office, located at 299 Jackson Avenue West, or call 662-234-4651 or log on to

Deadline for nominations is noon, Thursday, April 30, 2020.

About Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce
The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce is the most dynamic business organization in our community where businesses and professionals come together to work to improve the business climate and quality of life for our area.  With over 700 members, the Chamber strives to undertake programs and projects which seek a positive business climate conducive to growth of the private enterprise system, raising per capita income and providing strong financial, physical and human resources, for the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County.  These goals are accomplished through a variety of avenues, including networking opportunities, seminars, events, marketing opportunities, referrals, leadership programs, or other resources available exclusively to Chamber members. For more information on the Oxford Chamber visit

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