COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of the Dispatch
East Mississippi Community College recently announced the hiring of its first-ever Executive Director, Courtney Taylor, Ph.D. Taylor has a breadth of experience in the field: “Courtney brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position,” EMCC President Scott Alsobrooks said. “She understands the integral role community colleges play as intermediaries between local communities, economic developers and area industries.”
GT LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins relayed the recommendations of the LINK’s CFO, Macauley Whitaker: “Macauley spent an extensive amount of time with her. [Taylor] comes with high recommendations. We think she’ll be a good partner with us on the economic development side.”
“I spend a lot of time working with the colleges to identify new educational opportunities and meeting with industry officials to ensure our education programs are cutting edge and address necessary basic needs,” Taylor said. “One of my passions is making sure all stakeholders are on the same page and understand what is going on. . .
“One of the things that excites me about the Golden Triangle is you are positioned for growth,” she went on to say. “You have obviously invested heavily in workforce in ways that a lot of places have not.”
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