Dr. Jessie Julia Mize received her Bachelor of Science Degree in physics in 1930, Master of Science Degree in mathematics in 1931 and Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Degree in 1932 from the University of Georgia. Received a Doctorate of Philosophy in family economics and household management in 1952 from Cornell University.
She served on the faculty at the College of Home Economics for 22 years. From 1959-1974 served as head of the Housing and Home Management Department.
After a total of 30 years service to UGA, was awarded the status of professor emerita effective upon her retirement in 1974.
Supporter of the Legislative Aide program from its inception in 1983 through financial commitments and even today with the Mize-Ritchie Endowment Fund for Legislative Aide Scholarships.
First recipient of the Creswell Award in 1980.
Author of The History of Home Economics at the University of Georgia, published in 1983.
Active member of the Georgia and American Family and Consumer Sciences Association and of the University of Georgia Alumni Association as well as the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association.
Member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Nu, and Pi Lambda Theta.