- Vice President for Institutional
Advancement Nick Clark
- Assistant Vice President for Institutional
Advancement Leia Hill
- Coordinator of Alumni Relations
Nick Clark's history with East Mississippi Community College goes back a long way. He played football for legendary coach "Bull" "Cyclone" Sullivan ... and now he's vice president of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. He is ably assisted by Gina Cotton. Give them a call anytime. They're always glad to hear from you.
Here's a look at Nick's message to fellow alumni in
The Lions' Pride alumni magazine:
Last year, we welcomed a new president, Dr. Tom Huebner, to East Mississippi Community College. Dr. Huebner hit the ground running and he has not slowed down. It has been a fast 10 months! Several internal changes to the organizational chart have taken place. It is all good, very positive, and I look forward to year two under his leadership.
Speaking of organizational changes, Gina and I have a new name. We are now Institutional Advancement. Alumni affairs and the development foundation along with public information, media, and recruiting are all under Advancement.
Leia Hill has joined our team as Assistant Vice President for Advancement. Leia is responsible for several changes that will greatly enhance the EMCC image. Number one on that list is a new logo. Believe it or not, logo/branding and marketing effort are essential components of student recruitment. If EMCC is to remain competitive, we must be “out front” in the aforementioned components.
You will soon see a new website as well. When I started in the education business about 50 years ago, the most important person to hire was the lady (usually always was a lady) who answered the phone. The telephone (landline) was the connecting link to the outside world.
Today the website has replaced the landline telephone as the number one connecting link, and it must have mobile accessibility. A prospective student can and will look at several college websites using a mobile phone before making a decision on attending. If you are a new student or aging alumni, the website is the first choice for information by about 98 percent of the people. Amazing!
This new website will take several months to build and activate. However, when it is completed, EMCC’s first contact to the outside world will be second to none. I am extremely excited about these coming changes. It is a daunting, challenging task. Leia and her team have accepted the challenge; it will be good!
I must digress a bit and brag on the Sullivan Committee. The Sullivan group has three main fund-raising events a year, and all three are hugely successful. At this writing, our most recent event was the 8th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge Cup in May. The presenting sponsor was Pryor and Morrow Architects and Engineers. In March, we hosted the 13th Annual Billy Joe Cross Wild Game Dinner and Auction at Lion Hills. The presenting sponsor was Renasant Bank. Next up, the 21st EMCC-Old Waverly Golf Classic, presenting sponsor CSpire, will be Monday, Oct. 24. These three events will gross more than $100,000 per year.
Well, it is hard to believe that the school year is over. Football season will be here before you know it. Several of you have asked about the football team next year.
Let me assure you that as long as Buddy Stephens and his offensive coordinator, Marcus Wood, are here, we will be competitive.
Nick Clark, center, with the late Bill Buckner
and his wife, Patti Buckner, before an NJCAA National Championship football game in Biloxi
Gina Cotton, left, with Leia Hill in Stennis Hall during Homecoming 2016 in Scooba
Nick Clark in the five-star jersey made
famous by Coach Bull Sullivan, 1964-65