Salters, Walker named Co-Lin alumni of year

Published 11:54 pm Saturday, October 6, 2007

WESSON — Bill Salters of Natchez and Fayette native Tricia Walker have been named Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s 2007 alumni of the year. They will be honored by Co-Lin’s alumni association for their contributions to the college and achievements at their annual meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 in Rea Auditorium. The alumni association meeting is each year during the college’s homecoming activities.

Salters is president of the board of directors of the Co-Lin Foundation. He is chief financial officer and senior vice president of Britton & Koontz Bank in Natchez.

Salters, a native of Mendenhall, is a 1975 Co-Lin graduate and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since earned a master’s degree in business administration from Alcorn State University.

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He was instrumental in the development of the Natchez Golf Tournament as a fundraiser for the Foundation and Co-Lin Natchez campus. He is active in the community including the chamber of commerce, Kiwanis Club and Leadership Natchez.

Salters and his wife, Martha Carlisle Salters, have three daughters, Sydney, Sarah and Sunny, and three grandchildren.

Walker is a 1972 graduate of Co-Lin and director of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University. She was one of three Co-Lin Hall of Fame inductees in 1972. She has had a distinguished career as a songwriter and singer. Walker has been the headliner at Co-Lin’s homecoming for several years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Delta State and a master’s degree in music theory and composition from Mississippi College. While in Nashville she played at the Grand Ole Opry with Connie Smith and Roy Acuff. Her songs have been recorded by such artists as Faith Hill and Pattie Loveless, and Alison Kraus won a Grammy award with her recording of Walker’s song “Looking Through the Eyes of Love.”

A native of Fayette, Walker now lives in Cleveland and is a frequent performer.