Broadway endowment now honors longtime career-tech employee

Joe Broadway

In 2003, following the death of Mary Louise Wynne Broadway, her husband Joe and her family established a scholarship at Northwest Mississippi Community College to honor her memory. When Joe Broadway died in 2016, friends and family contributed the funds to establish a scholarship honoring his memory.

According to Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects, the two endowments have now been joined to create The Joe and Mary Louise Wynne Broadway Endowment.

The son of Howard and Maggie Broadway, he was one of 12 children. He first went to school at Olive Branch and then transferred to Coldwater High School, where he was voted “Most Handsome” and played football.

“Joe spoke to me fondly of his Coldwater High School days and credits one of his teachers with being the encouraging force that kept him on the right path. That was Senatobia’s own dear Mariglyn Mayfield Meacham,” said Canon.

Broadway attended Northwest in 1963 and 1964. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He and Mary were married on July 30, 1965. Mary also attended Northwest and completed her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Master of Science in Education at the University of Mississippi. She taught at Horn Lake High School for her entire teaching career of 35 years. She died in 2003 at the age of 48.

The Broadways had one child, Beth, and two grandchildren, Chance and Katie Beth. Beth completed the Nursing program at Northwest. Chance has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is also in the US Marine Corps Reserve. He is currently a police officer with the Ocean Springs Police Department. Katie Beth has a bachelor’s degree in business and manages a Malco theater.

Broadway began as a student at Northwest in 1963 and he retired from Northwest after a 40-year career in Career-Technical Education. At the time of his retirement, Broadway was dean of Career-Technical Education and executive assistant to the President. He served under the administrations of Presidents Henry B. Koon, Dr. David M. Haraway and Dr. Gary Lee Spears.

“Mr. Broadway was passionate about Career-Tech and promoted this important part of the Northwest curriculum throughout the state, serving on many regional and statewide boards. He understood from his childhood the importance of giving every young boy and girl the opportunity to be trained and educated so that they can have meaningful and good-paying jobs,” Canon said.

Proceeds from The Joe and Mary Louise Wynne Broadway Endowment are to be divided in half, with half of the proceeds awarded to students studying education who have attended Horn Lake High School and half of the proceeds awarded to students who are enrolled in Career-Technical Education programs.

For more information on Northwest Foundation scholarships, contact the Foundation office at 662-562-112 or visit the college’s website at


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