Donell D. Maxie, an award-winning journalist, photographer, marketing specialist, and social media manager, serves as the Director of Communications and Marketing for Mississippi Valley State University.

A native of Duncan, Mississippi, Maxie previously served as the Communications Specialist for MVSU, and during that time, he was awarded 13 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi Awards.

He is a member of the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi and serves as the Associate Pastor at St. Paul M.B. Church in Cleveland, Miss. In addition, Maxie won numerous writing and photography awards from the Mississippi Press Association and The Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Louisiana and Mississippi during his journalism career. 

Maxie obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from Coahoma Community College; he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Delta State University. In addition, he received a Master of Education degree from Strayer University and will complete a Master of Christian Leadership and Ministry from Grand Canyon University in May 2021.

He is married to the former Jasmyne (Sanders) Maxie, a 2014 graduate of MVSU and a former member of the MVSU women’s basketball team and coaching staff. He and his wife reside in Cleveland, Miss. Maxie has four daughters, Michaela, Joriah, Tayla, and Pryce.

If you would like to contact Donell, call 662.254.3577 or email him at