In positioning Meridian Community College for the next academic year, President Thomas Huebner has named Joseph Knight as the College’s new vice president for workforce solutions.
His announcement comes as the beginning of the fiscal year 2019-20 gets underway. “We have internal talent ready to step up to the plate,” Huebner said.
Knight, who holds a bachelor of business administration degree in general business and a master’s degree in workforce education leadership from Mississippi State University, has served the College as dean of workforce development since joining MCC in 2013. As dean, he was responsible for managing the College’s Community and Business Development division.
He also worked with companies, industrial development groups, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Twin Districts Workforce Investment Board and economic development representatives to help establish and maintain an environment desirable for the employment community.
Excited and grateful for the opportunity, Knight complimented his colleagues. “We at MCC have a great faculty and staff in the Career, Technical, Workforce and Continuing Education division who do an excellent job of teaching their craft to the next generation. I look forward to the days ahead as we continue to offer demand-driven education in helping students attain their career goals, and companies obtain the skilled workforce they need,” Knight said.
Reporting to the Knight will be Dr. Lara Collum, associate vice president for nursing and healthcare education. In her purview will be the divisions of Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Health Care Assistant and Health Education programs.
Also, Lori Smith has been named dean of workforce education and supervises the divisions of business, emergency services, industrial and career and technical education support services. As dean, she will report to Knight.
Also in Knight’s area will be Lucy Lamberth, director of workforce grants and development; Jennifer Whitlock, director of adult education; Joy Smith, coordinator of continuing education and Katrina Garett, career center director.
“I am very pleased with the opportunities we have moving forward and absolutely believe MCC is well-positioned to meet the needs of our students and the community we serve,” Huebner added.