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GRADUATION CEREMONY HELD FOR EMCC 2022 LEADERSHIP CLASS

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A graduation celebration took place April 22 for EMCC’s 2022 Class of Leadership Through Everyday Opportunities. Pictured at the celebration are, front row, from left, EMCC President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, Director of Adult Education Tshurah Dismuke, Gateway Career Coach Jasmine Turner, Director of Recruiting/Recruiting Coordinator Tawana Bauer, Division Chair/Social Sciences & Business Jill McTaggart, and Biological Sciences instructor Christy Steadman. In the back row, from left, are EMCC Golden Triangle Police Department Lt. Barry Johnson, EMCC Vice President of Operations Dr. Paul Miller, Biological Sciences instructor Ashley Richardson, and QEP Navigator Matthew Darnell. Not pictured is GTECHS Biology instructor Brandy Burnett.

April 29, 2022

Members of East Mississippi Community College’s 2022 Class of Leadership Through Everyday Opportunities celebrated their last session of the academic year with a small graduation ceremony on Friday, April 22.

Also known as the LEO Project, the internal leadership development program offers selected EMCC faculty and staff a series of interactive sessions on the dynamics of leadership in the context of working in the community college environment.

Members of the 2022 leadership class are: Director of Adult Education Tshurah Dismuke; Gateway Career Coach Jasmine Turner; Director of Recruiting/Recruiting Coordinator Tawana Bauer; Division Chair/Social Sciences & Business Jill McTaggart; Biological Sciences instructor Christy Steadman; EMCC Golden Triangle Police Department Lt. Barry Johnson; Biological Sciences instructor Ashley Richardson; QEP Navigator Matthew Darnell; and GTECHS Biology instructor Brandy Burnett.

Facilitated by EMCC Vice President of Operations Dr. Paul Miller, this year’s sessions were highlighted by presentations from members of the President’s Cabinet on their personal leadership journeys. The group also did a deep dive into several books on leadership development topics and critical issues facing community colleges across the nation.

At the end of their last session, members presented a Strategic Plan initiative that the group will facilitate during the 2023 academic year. The small audience included members of the President’s Cabinet and former participants in the LEO Project.

Each participant also received a certificate and medallion, commemorating their participation in the program. For more information about participating in future LEO Project sessions, faculty and staff should speak to their immediate supervisors.