MCCLA

The Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy

What is MCCLA?

The Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy was developed in the spring of 2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community college system. Graduation for the 37 members of the 2016-2017 Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy was held on Thursday, May 4, 2016 at the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State University campus.

MCCLA Goal

The MCCLA is organized around the practical needs for future community college leaders, specific to the Mississippi community college system. Consequently, much of the material presented and discussed in the Leadership Academy are relative to the operation of Mississippi’s community colleges.

Reading List for MCCLA 2017-2018

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Leadership Tested: A College President’s Story by Howell C. Garner
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Leadership Provided: A Team Approach to Decision Making by Howell C. Garner
  • Leadership Gold by John Maxwell
  • Leadership: Lessons Learned by Howell C. Garner
  • Heart of A Leader by Ken Blanchard

Class 2017-2018 Participants

1. Adrian Allen, CCC
2. Donald J. (D. J.) Preiss, CLCC
3. Samantha Speeg, CLCC
4. Robert T. Williams, Jr., DSU
5. Mark Alexander, EMCC
6. Marion Smoot, EMCC
7. Carley Dear, HCC
8. Dr. Mitchell Shears, HCC
9. Alice Austin, Holmes CC
10. Chris Cox, ICC
11. Mande Miller, ICC
12. Beth McDaniel, JCJC
13. Michael (Eric) Williams, JCJC
14. Lucy Morgan, MCC
15. Dr. Rachel DeVaughan, MCCB
16. Mark Jenkins, MCCB

17. Jenni Hargett, MDCC
18. Teresa Webster, MDCC
19. Dr. Suzi Brown, MGCCC
20. LaShanda Chamberlain, MGCCC
21. Kristi Dearing, MSU
22. Jermaine Jackson, MSU
23. Hannah Matthews, MSU
24. Lauren Porter, MSU
25. Chelsey Vincent, MSU
26. Elizabeth (Beth) Benson, NEMCC
27. Emily Pollard, NEMCC
28. Julie Correro, NMCC
29. Dr. Melissa Wright, NMCC
30. Dr. Melissa Bryant, PRCC
31. Terri Clark, PRCC

Class 2016-2017 Graduates

The class of 2016-2017 of 37 graduated Thursday May 4th, 2017.

1. Eric Keys, CCC
2. Vivian Williams, CCC
3. William (Bryon) Conville, CLCC
4. Vanessa Murphy, CLCC
5. David LeBlanc, ECCC
6. Dr. Lucretia Williams, ECCC
7. Laura Damm, EMCC
8. Tonya Hunt, EMCC
9. Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Cloyd, HCC
10. Stacey Irwin, HCC
11. Steve Diffey, Holmes CC
12. Jason Guntharp, ICC
13. Dr. Joseph (Joe) Lowder, ICC
14. Jennifer Griffith, JCJC
15. Kyle Upchurch, JCJC
16. Dr. Angela Payne, MCC
17. Krystal Berry, MCCB
18. Betina Brandon, MCCB

19. Jim Aycock, MDCC
20. Tenesha Batiste, MGCCC
21. Robin Jeffries, MGCCC
22. Dr. Clay Armstrong, MSU
23. Julie Kladke, MSU
24. Zachary (Zach) Moulds, MSU
25. Micah White, MSU
26. Dr. Terry Dale Cruse, MSU
27. LeAnn Alexander, MUW
28. Dr. David Brooking, MUW
29. Dr. Amber Handy, MUW
30. Dr. Michelle Baragona, NEMCC
31. Chassie Kelly, NEMCC
32. Gerald Beard, NMCC
33. Tonyalle Rush, NMCC
34. Raymunda Barnes, PRCC
35. Dr. Ed Pinero, PRCC
36. Dr. Kimberly Tynes, SMCC
37. Jonathan (Blake) Bostick, UM

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