Sherri Carr Bevis was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, but has spent the majority of her life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She graduated from Gulfport High School in 1982 before attending Mississippi State University (MSU) where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications. Upon graduation, she worked for the university as an Admissions Counselor before moving to Washington, DC to work for Senator Trent Lott as his Deputy Press Secretary. After working on Capitol Hill, she elected to further her education and attended George Washington University where she earned a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration.
After years of living in our nation’s capital, Sherri returned back to Mississippi to start a family. She is a former elementary educator and has always been an active community leader serving as President of the Gulfport Junior Auxiliary, and presently serving on the Biloxi Advisory Board for the American Red Cross as well as on the Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Hancock County, the Gulf Coast Business Council’s Masters Class, Leadership Gulf Coast, and most recently, the 2015 Class of Leadership Mississippi.
In November 2008, Sherri was hired to help develop the Bay-Waveland Main Street program and served as its Executive Director for two years. In January 2011, she had the privilege to serve as Deputy Campaign Manager for Billy Hewes in his state-wide campaign for Lieutenant Governor before taking a position with the Secretary of State. In March of 2016, Sherri was promoted to Assistant Secretary of State for External Marketing where she continues to play a key role in marketing the agency and programs like Y’all Business and Promote the Vote.
A staunch conservative and devoted member of the Republican Party, Sherri serves on the Mississippi Republican Party’s (MSGOP) State Executive Committee and the MSGOP Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Hancock County Republican Women, the Harrison County Republican Club, and currently serves as the Mississippi Federation of Republican Women’s third vice president.
All who have had the pleasure of getting to know Sherri are well aware of the love she has for her Alma Matter, Mississippi State University. She has served as the past president of the Hancock County Alumni Chapter and also received the Distinguished Service Award for MSU in 2013. Sherri currently serves on the MSU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors and is tremendously honored to have recently been elected to serve as the National Vice President of the Alumni Association.
Sherri continues to be heavily involved in her community where she serves on numerous boards, and is a proud mother to her two sons, Nolan, a recent graduate of MSU, and Nicholas, a junior at MSU. In any spare time Sherri may have, you can find her at MSU sporting events proudly cheering on her Bulldogs.