Meet Lele Gillespie, Staff Member of the Month for September

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Lele Gillespie

Lele Winter Gillespie, Project Coordinator for the College of the Liberal Arts, is the Staff Council September Staff Member of the Month. To help us get to know her better, she answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss.

IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss?

Gillespie: I have been the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2013.

IOM: What is your hometown?

Gillespie: Jackson, Mississippi

IOM: Talk about your favorite Ole Miss memory.

Gillespie: Only one vivid memory is hearing US Representative John Lewis deliver the opening speech in 2006 at the unveiling of a civil rights monument inspired by the efforts of James Meredith. Standing between the Lyceum and the JD Williams Library with hundreds of people, it was a touching and inspiring event.

My coming years of growing up at UM football games with my mom and dad have to be some of my most favorite collective memories.

IOM: What do you like most about your job or the department you work in?

Gillespie: I love walking into the historic Ventress Hall; I love the people I work with and we have a great, caring team. Working here is fast and no day is the same!

IOM: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Gillespie: I love to walk my dogs, spend time with my wonderful adult children and their dogs, and work in my garden.

IOM: What is your favorite movie?

Gillespie: Any Alfred Hitchcock movie. I like the suspense.

IOM: What’s your favorite Ole Miss tradition?

Gillespie: I love hearing the group training on fall afternoons when I walk home from work.

IOM: What’s a fun fact about you?

Gillespie: I have worked in many political campaigns.

IOM: If you could have lunch with someone living or dead / fictional or real, who would it be and why?

Gillespie: I lost my mother last July and I lost my father in December. I would so love to have another chance to visit them on their amazing screen porch in Jackson, where I spent many hours listening to stories about Mississippi, the Winter and Varner families, politics, sports, etc.

IOM: What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Gillespie: Conscientious, reliable, empathetic

IOM: If you could visit a time or place in world history (past, present or future), what would it be?

Gillespie: I would love to visit my father’s farm in Grenada County when he was growing up in the 1930s and 1940s.

IOM: If I could be an animal for a day, I would be ____.

Gillespie: I would be one of my dogs. They are loved so much and we have a wonderful time together.

To nominate a colleague for the staff member of the month, send an email to [email protected] with the name of the person you wish to nominate as well as the reason why you think that person should be recognized.

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