STARKVILLE — The county-owned OCH Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees has two new representatives.
The Oktibbeha County board of supervisors approved two new appointees to the OCH board Monday. David McGee and Zach Rowland were chosen as the new representatives.
Seven members make up the OCH board, with one representative from each county district and two “at-large” members appointed by supervisors in a rotating manner.
District 4 Supervisor Bricklee Miller nominated both appointees. Rowland will replace the late Neil Amos who represented District 4, and McGee will serve as an at-large representative due to it being Miller’s turn in the nomination rotation.
McGee graduated from Mississippi State University with degrees in dairy science and biological sciences. He has spent nearly 40 years running his own animal healthcare business.
Through his experience in running a private business, McGee said he has immense knowledge in budgeting and finance, and while he has never served as a public official, he said he feels he can bring a new perspective to the OCH board.
“I’ve always had an interest in serving,” McGee said. “When I was approached about serving on the board, I felt this was something I needed to do.”
McGee said he does not have any specific policies or actions he would like to see implemented once he begins his time on the board. He said he wants to first be an “observer and listener” and go into this process with an open mind.
“I’m excited about serving my community. I think I will bring a perspective of accountability and responsibility to the board. That’s important to me, and it’s important to me that I look out for my fellow citizens of Oktibbeha County in that respect.”
Rowland graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s in engineering and a master of science in electrical engineering and also received a master’s in management development from Harvard University. He currently works at MSU as the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies Director.
The Dispatch attempted to contact Rowland, but he did not respond before press time. Miller said she believes Rowland will be a great asset to the OCH board due to his community involvement and knowledge in technology and research.
“He has served as Rotary President before and is still very involved in Rotary. He’s just a very community oriented person.”
Miller said she is confident her two choices for the board will represent District 4 and Oktibbeha County well and is excited to see the contributions they make in the future.
“Both of these men are very smart men. I think they will bring a lot to the table and serve the hospital board well.”