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  • Writer's pictureKimberly Wooden

Journey of Hope: David Magee

On September 20, 2022, the community had the privilege of embarking on a transformative journey of hope with David Magee, a distinguished individual whose multifaceted roles extend beyond the realms of a bestselling author. Magee's literary contributions, including the nationally acclaimed "Dear Will: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love and Loss," have resonated with readers, offering a poignant exploration of personal struggles and the journey toward healing.

As a founder and director of operations of the William Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing at the University of Mississippi, David Magee has committed himself to a noble cause—saving and changing lives in the face of the mental health and substance use disorder crisis. The Institute, named after his late son William, stands as a testament to Magee's enduring dedication to creating positive change in the lives of others.

Magee's impact extends beyond the written word. As a dynamic speaker, he engages with schools, addressing students and parents on the challenges and solutions surrounding well-being. His diverse professional background, from daily newspaper publisher to small business owner, showcases a breadth of experience that enriches his perspective on societal issues.

Whether navigating the complexities of addiction and recovery through literature or actively contributing to mental health initiatives, David Magee embodies a spirit of resilience and advocacy. His presence in the community serves as a source of inspiration, reminding us all of the power of personal narratives in fostering understanding, empathy, and a shared journey toward hope. Living in Oxford, Mississippi, Magee continues to be a guiding force in the pursuit of collective well-being and positive societal transformation.

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