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East Mississippi Community College

Board of Trustees

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.

Kathy Dyess

Clay County


​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.

Laddie Huffman

Clay County


Mr. Huffman is a lifelong resident of Clay County, Miss. He graduated from the West Point School System. He attended Wood College in Mathiston, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in education 1975. Mr. Huffman served the citizens of West Point and Clay County for 34 years: six as an alderman; eight as a Justice Court judge, during which he was Northern District Governor for the Mississippi Justice Court Judges Association; and 20 as sheriff of Clay County. He owned and operated a retail business in Clay County for 17 years. Mr. Huffman is a member of Trinity Baptist Church in West Point. He and his wife, Dale Wilkerson Huffman, have four children and seven grandchildren.​

Teresa 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.

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.​

Hazel Johnson

Noxubee County


Hazel Johnson is a native of Noxubee County. She retired in 1998 after teaching grades 3-5 for more than 27 years in the Noxubee County School System. She currently works part-time as a payroll clerk for B&B and Brooks Auto in Brooksville. Mrs. Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in education from Rust College in Holly Springs and a master's degree in education from the University of Mississippi. In 2005, she was appointed to the Noxubee County School Board and was elected from 2006 to 2012. She also serves on two advisory boards. Mrs. Johnson is a Community Coach for Turning the Tide on Poverty, funded by Mississippi State University. She is a member of Sylvian Ridge Baptist Church in Macon. She and her husband, Dennis Johnson, have one son and one grandson.

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
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.

Jimmie Moore

Lauderdale County


Mr. Moore’s roots run deep with the college. A Meridian native who graduated from Southeast Lauderdale High School, he received an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi and then went to work at East Mississippi Community College in 1972. During his tenure at EMCC, he served primarily as the business manager in addition to the director of development, assisting in the recruitment of students from in-district high schools. He left EMCC and served as the county administrator for the Kemper County Board of Supervisors for 3 years before entering the solid waste collection and disposal business. Mr. Moore worked with Waste Management, Enviro Inc. and Waste Pro of Mississippi before joining Arrow Disposal Inc. as Municipal Marketing Director. 

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.

Charles 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.​

Greg Stewart
Lowndes County

Mr. Stewart lives in Lowndes County. He moved to Mississippi in 2006 to open Aurora Flight Sciences’ Mississippi facility as general manager. He attended Purdue University from 1975-1977. He currently serves as the director of Community and Public Affairs for Aurora Mississippi. Previously he served on, and as president, of the Minneapolis Public Schools Family and Community Services Advisory Council and more recently as president and now a member of the Base Community Council in Columbus. He promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education by supporting and mentoring area grade school through college students in rockets and robotics. To relax, he builds and flies model airplanes, helicopters and rockets, and dabbles at building various electronics projects for his home stereo. He and his wife, Clara Miyake, have two children.

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