Meridian Star

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February 20, 2013

EMCC’s NAS Meridian Extension names new director

MERIDIAN —     East Mississippi Community College has named a new director, Jeff Jowers, to oversee its Naval Air Station Meridian Extension. Jowers assumed his new responsibilities at the beginning of the spring semester.

     “I’ve lived and worked in the shadow of the base for 20 years,” Jowers said. “I’m honored to have an opportunity to help our troops, and it’s great we’re able to serve civilian students from the community as well.”

    A resident of DeKalb, Jowers comes to the position following a 26-year career in law enforcement.

    “I started as a rookie police officer in 1987 while I was working on my undergraduate degree. I was lucky enough to stay in the field for a long time.”

    During his law enforcement career, Jowers earned a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science from Jacksonville State University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama.

    “I know what it’s like to work a full-time job, raise a family and work on a degree at the same time,” Jowers said. “Been there, done that. It’s not easy, but you can do it. That’s why I look forward to helping our troops accomplish their academic goals.”

    In addition to his time as a law enforcement officer, Jowers has also taught criminal justice as an adjunct instructor at EMCC.

    “I’ve been fortunate enough to teach for EMCC since the mid-1990s,” Jowers said. “It’s a part of my life I’ve really enjoyed.”

    Jowers is currently evaluating EMCC’s offerings at NAS Meridian.

     “I’m looking at ways to increase the number and variety of courses taught on the base so that students can complete their associate’s degrees and never have to leave the base or take online classes,” Jowers said. “That’s my ultimate goal. I think we owe it to our troops, because they do so much for us.”

    East Mississippi Community College offers college courses on the base year-round. Jowers invites anyone interested in working on a college degree to come see him.

    “I’m here to help in any way I can,” he said.

    Jowers replaces long-time director James McMullan, who transferred to a teaching position at EMCC’s Scooba campus.

    For more information, drop by the EMCC office in the Administration Building at NAS Meridian, or call Jeff Jowers at (601) 679-3570.

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