Born in Midland, Texas, and raised in Laurel, Pettway graduated from MSU in 2015 with a degree in business administration and now works as a Realtor for both Goode Realty in Alabama and Southern Oaks Realty in Mississippi. She joined the MSU Alumni Association’s Oktibbeha County Chapter upon graduating and served as the young alumni chair and secretary. After moving to south Alabama in 2018, she joined the Mobile, Alabama Chapter and took on the familiar role of young alumni chair.

For the past eight years, she has been involved in various community and alumni activities, including golf tournament fundraisers, Habitat for Humanity projects and young alumni socials. Her innovative initiatives have been diverse and engaging, from organizing sip-and-paint parties to planning football and Mardi Gras parade-watch parties. Pettway has also found a way to promote her alma mater through her profession, distributing cards to her fellow Bulldog clients to encourage involvement in the alumni chapter.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she kept alumni connected by organizing virtual events. Since then, she has taken over the chapter’s social media accounts to help promote the chapter and keep others informed about events.

Through her enthusiastic service to Mississippi State University, its alumni and her local community, Pettway exemplifies true servant leadership, and MSU is proud to honor her as the 2023 Outstanding Young Alumna.