Local Good News: Ole Miss' William Magee Center for Wellness Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter says drug and alcohol abuse is a prevalent issue on college campuses across the country. Those words rang true after an accidental overdose of an Ole Miss Alum. But now, several organizations are coming together to develop solutions that will significantly reduce alcohol and drug misuse among local college students. It's local good news.    

Ole Miss alums and family say the late William Magee's smile could bring light and laughter to any room.

 

"He really was everything you'd want in a son," said William's Mother, Kent Magee.

 

William Magee was an alumnus of the University of Mississippi's Sally McDonnel Barksdale Honors College and Croft Institute for International Studies. He also ran track for Ole Miss and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.  But then in 2013, William overdosed on drugs.

 

"It started his freshmen year, but it was more of something he would hold onto and handle. And, we talked to him about it. He would explain it off. By his senior year, there were signs all there about how he couldn't handle it, " said William's Father, David Magee. "There were warning signs that none of us put together, but now when we look back, there were all these (signs) the freshman year. And, it just breaks our heart that we couldn't put all of this together."

 

His parents, David and Kent Magee, say while William fought to try and beat the addiction, he had often talked and hoped to one day help others win their own battles against substance abuse. And through his death, now he will. 

 

The William Magee Center for Wellness Education is slated to open on the Ole Miss South Campus in 2018. The new center will focus on drug and alcohol education and prevention for students.  And that's local good news.

 

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