Jeff has been Director of Landscape, Airport and Golf Services at the University of Mississippi since 2000. He and his team have gained national recognition through Ole Miss winning the National Professional Grounds Maintenance Society (PGMS) Best Maintained Campus twice, and named most beautiful campus by Newsweek in 2011, the Princeton Review in 2013 and USA Today in 2016. He is the current President of PGMS. McManus has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is the recipient of the 2016 Horticulture Alumni of the year. He is also an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. His book, “Growing Weeders into Leaders – Leadership Lessons from the Ground Level”, focuses on cultivating excellence among staff.