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Dozier Named Executive Director; Brand Returns to Games

Dozier Named Executive Director; Brand Returns to Games

Missye Dozier                   Rhonda Brand

MERIDIAN, MS — Missye Dozier has been named the Executive Director of the State Games of Mississippi after long-time Executive Director Carolyn Smith retired in 2021. Dozier served as Sports Director of the Games for 15 years. That position is now being helmed by Rhonda Brand, who returned to the Games after 23-year hiatus.

The State Games of Mississippi is the state’s largest amateur sportsfest organization, annually holding more than 40 competitions across the state. When thousands of athletes pour into the East Mississippi area for competition and the annual Opening Ceremony, the total estimated economic impact is $12.2 million.

“It has been a marvelously smooth transition,” Dozier said, “because Rhonda is so familiar with how to organize and promote the more than 40 sporting events we offer each year.”

Dozier said the State Games is also fortunate that Smith’s expert knowledge of the Games will be available. “Even though she is retired as Executive Director, Carolyn will continue to be a consultant to the Games,” Dozier said.

Dozier came to the State Games 18 years ago. She came to the Games in 2003 from Meridian Orthopedic Clinic to work part time as administrative assistant and worked up to the Sports Director position three years later. A graduate of West Lauderdale High School, she also attended Meridian Community College.

Brand served as the Sports Director of the Games from 1995 to 1998 before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom. She didn’t give up her interest in sports during that time, serving as the Newton County High School Baseball Booster Club President for five years and working with the East Coast Baseball Organization. Before working with the State Games as Sports Director, Brand was with the City of Meridian in the same position. A graduate of Mississippi State University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Journalism.

About the State Games of Mississippi

The State Games of Mississippi is now looking to its 31st year in 2022 offering top-level competition for Mississippi’s amateur athletes in more than 40 sports. In 2021, more than 5,000 athletes competed.

The State Games of Mississippi keeps its entry fees low primarily through the generous donations of sponsors, including Founding Gold Sponsors: Meridian Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Rush Hospital; and Gold Sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi, Meridian-Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau, Paul & Sherry Broadhead Foundation, Meridian Community College, the City of Meridian, Pearl River Resort, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, WTOK-TV, The Meridian Star and WMDN/WGBC-TV (The Meridian Family of Stations). For more information on the Games, call 601-482-0205 or visit the State Games of Mississippi website at