HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A former longtime director of public relations at Southern Miss has been recognized for his strong support of tourism in Hattiesburg. William E. "Bud" Kirkpatrick has received the inaugural Tourism Partners Hall of Fame Award.
It was presented by the Visit Hattiesburg organization during the 9th annual, Tourism Partners Luncheon & Shining Star Awards at the Hattiesburg Train Depot.
Kirkpatrick directed public relations at U.S.M. for 32 years and has worked on several important tourism projects for the city. Also during the luncheon, 23 "Shining Star" tourism awards were presented and the first of 5 new commissioned paintings depicting the century-old train depot was unveiled.