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AOP Announces 2017-2018 Administrator, Office Professional of the Year

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Association of Office Professionals (AOP) named Rusty Anderson Administrator of the Year and Alfreda Horton Office Professional of the Year for 2017-2018 during its Membership Appreciation event May 30 at the Baptist Student Union on the Hattiesburg campus.

Anderson is director of Career Services at Southern Miss, and has served in that role since 1995. Horton is coordinator of the Office of Student Ombudsman Services and has been a Southern Miss employee since 1989. Both Anderson and Horton are Southern Miss alums.

The USM AOP was organized in 1974, with the stated goal of providing opportunities for communication and relationship building among staff members of the University. Membership is open to all USM support staff; associate membership is open to the supervisors of USM support staff. The organization has a history of community service at the University, and attempts to provide its members with opportunities to serve the University and surrounding area. It is affiliated with the Mississippi Association of Education Office Professionals (MAEOP) and the national organization, The National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP).

For more information about the USM AOP, online visit