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Linda Jackson and her husband, Charles,

at New Sullivan-Windham Field 









Linda Jackson

Kemper County

A native of Wilkinson County, Mrs. Jackson has lived in Kemper County for 41 years. She was appointed to the East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees in 1990. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from Jackson State University and, from Mississippi State University, a master’s degree in Education and an Education Specialist degree. Her experience ranges from grades 1-12 and includes elementary education, gifted education, middle school mathematics and computer education. Currently she is principal of Philadelphia High School. She is a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Preston. She and her husband, Charles, have one son, one daughter and three grandchildren.​

Dennis Morgan at Old Sullivan-Windham
Field during a home football game




Dennis Morgan

Lauderdale County



Mr. Morgan lives in Lauderdale County and was appointed to the Board in 1990. He earned an associate’s degree from East Mississippi Junior College in 1956 and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Mississippi State University in 1959. After completing college, he joined the family business, Morgan Plant Farm Inc., as a partner. He is currently the owner and president. Mr. Morgan supports education and its availability to everyone. He is active in his community and local church. He has served and chaired on such boards as the Mall Board and the Private School Board. He coached Babe Ruth Baseball and served as the Southeastern Director of the national organization. Mr. Morgan is chairman of the EMCC Board's Athletics Committee.


Theresa Hughes and instructor Johnny Fisher

at Keyes Currie Coliseum during a state

basketball playoff game  


Theresa Hughes

Noxubee County



Mrs. Hughes retired in 2005 after teaching for 25 years in the Noxubee County School System. She currently serves as a teacher consultant for area schools in Mississippi and Alabama. She earned her associate’s degree from East Mississippi Community College and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She enjoys pursuing her business interests as owner of Wiz-Oz Professional Video Services and is very active in organizing and sponsoring youth programs in the community. She has one son, Michael.


Larry Bell and Melinda Young, wife of
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, before a football game at New Sullivan-Windham Field​






Larry Bell

Oktibbeha County​

Mr. Bell lives in Oktibbeha County. He was born and raised in Starkville. Mr. Bell graduated from Starkville High School and Mississippi State University. He was a high school and college football official for 48 years. He was the signing secretary for the Activities Association for High Schools in Mississippi for 34 years. He was a member of the Southern Standards Building Codes and International Conference for 21 years, and was president or vice president for four of those years. 


Billie Dickson at the Industry

Appreciation Luncheon 




Billie Dickson

Noxubee County​

Mr. Dickson lives in Noxubee County and was appointed to the East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees in 1990. He is a retired teacher with 30 years of teaching experience in Mississippi and Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Valley State University and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University. He is president of the board of trustees of Mount Zion Baptist Church, senior vice commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2450 and a member of Macon’s Masonic Order Lodge 26. He and his wife, Reecy, are the owners of R&B Rentals in Macon.


Kathy Dyess and Marti Ross of Columbus

Air Force Base during the International

Spouses Appreciation Luncheon 



Kathy Dyess

Clay County
Vice Chairman​

Mrs. Dyess is a native of Yazoo County, and has lived in Clay County for five years. Mrs. Dyess was appointed to the East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees in 2009. She received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi University for Women and her master’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.  Previously she has taught Art K-12 in both public and private schools.  She enjoyed a 10-year career at William Carey University, where she was on the art faculty and served as director of the Lucile Parker Art Gallery. Currently she serves on the West Point/Clay County Arts Council (past president), chairs the Main Street Design Committee and volunteers her time in various civic endeavors. She is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point. She is married to J. Dwight Dyess, president of BancorpSouth in West Point, and they have one son, Walker.


Tim Heard catches sight of his son at

commencement, as Christopher Heard graduates from EMCC with an associate's degree in Computer Networking Technology.





Tim Heard

Lowndes County​

Mr. Heard lives in Lowndes County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Alabama State University and a master’s in education degree in Computer Technology from Mississippi State University. He is an adjunct faculty member for Mississippi University for Women, where he has taught computer classes since 1994. He is currently a Computer Analyst for the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District. He has the following computer certifications:  CCNA, MCP, MCSE and MCP+I. 


Rudy Johnson with Bruce Hanson of EMCC's Workforce Services Division at the ground-breaking for a new Student Union 






Rupert L. "Rudy" Johnson

Oktibbeha County​

Mr. Johnson lives in Starkville and has been a resident of Oktibbeha County for 41 years. He was appointed to the EMCC Board of Trustees in 2010. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Kosciusko High School. He earned an associate's degree from Holmes Community College in 1970, a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University in 1972 and a master's degree from MSU in 1975. For 10 years, from 1980-90, Mr. Johnson was assistant director of EMCC's Golden Triangle campus. Since 1990, he has been executive director of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, serving Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Webster and Winston counties. Mr. Johnson has two daughters, Aimee and Mandee, and two grandsons, Preston and Barrett. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Starkville.​

Robert McDade at the Sporting Clays

Challenge Cup, Burnt Oak Lodge 




Robert McDade

Kemper County​

Mr. McDade is a life-long resident of Kemper County and the Townsend Community. Mr. McDade was appointed to the East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees in 2008. He graduated from DeKalb High School in 1967. He attended EMCC and graduated in 1969. He continued his education at Mississippi State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in the field of education upon graduation in 1971. Mr. McDade is a self-employed business owner and operates several businesses in DeKalb. He serves on the board of the Kemper County Forestry Association and is president of the Townsend Water Association. Mr. McDade is a member and deacon of Bay Springs Baptist Church in the Townsend Community. He is married to the former Latitia Bryan, and the couple has three children and five grandchildren.


Ed Mosley at the Lyceum auditorium, as the EMCC family waited to welcome home the football team, who had won the 2011 NJCAA Championship title earlier in the day 




Ed Mosley

Lauderdale County​

Mr. Mosley is currently Assistant Superintendent of Education in the Lauderdale County School District. He is a 29-year veteran educator, holding several positions such as teacher, assistant principal and director of personnel. He is active in his community, serving on several boards, both past and present, such as Meridian Muna Federal Credit Union, The Boys and Girls Club, The Hilltop House for Boys, The United Way, and The Boy Scouts of America. He is married to Adrian Turuaud Mosley. They have three children, Royce, Justin and Victoria, and five grandchildren. They are active members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Meridian.


Jim Murray with Kemper County Supervisor
Mike Luke, his college roommate at EMCC,
during a tour of the Scooba Student Union​

Jim Murray
Clay County

Mr. Murray is a lifelong resident of Montpelier, and was appointed to the East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees in 2006.  Mr. Murray is a graduate of Clay County High School and EMCC, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Mississippi State University. Currently, he is employed with Prestage Farms Mississippi Inc., located in West Point, as the Director of Human Resources, Safety and Land Management. Mr. Murray is also owner/operator of a beef cattle operation in Clay County. He is active in his community, serving as vice-chairman of Farm Service Agency County Committee in Clay County, a board member of the North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority, and secretary-treasurer of Palestine Cemetery Foundation. He and his wife, Connie, have two children and two grandchildren. They are active members of Montpelier Baptist Church.


Charles Rigdon at the Sporting Clays

Challenge Cup, Burnt Oak Lodge​




Charles Wesley Rigdon

Lowndes County​

Mr. Rigdon lives in Lowndes County. He is a 1973 graduate of Kemper Academy. He attended East Mississippi Junior College from 1974-75 and the University of Mississippi in 1975. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves from 1975-78. Mr. Rigdon is the president and principal owner of Columbus Nissan and Columbus Hyundai in Columbus, Miss. He is a board director of the Bank of Vernon in Vernon, Ala., and a commissioner with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. His non-professional interests include tree-farming, property investment and development, turkey, deer and bird hunting. He and his wife, Regena Blackledge Ridgon, have three children, Ryan, Whitney, and Courtney.​

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