William Winter

William Winter served as governor of Mississippi from 1980 to1984. As governor, he helped pass the Education Reform Act, considered the most significant educational legislation enacted in the state since the establishment of its public school system in 1870. He was also a member of the President’s Advisory Board on Race from 1997 to 1998. Both the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson, dedicated November 7, 2003, and the Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi are named in his honor. In March of 2008, Winter was honored with the Profile in Courage Award given by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for his work advancing education and racial reconciliation.