New EMCC president sees community colleges as path to success

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Scott Alsobrooks, new president of East Mississippi Community College, speaks during a meet and greet at the F.R. Young Student Union Dining Room Monday on the Scooba Campus. 

New East Mississippi Community College President Scott Alsobrooks took an academic journey that could benefit current students as they determine their future.

Members of the community and the staff at EMCC had a chance to meet Alsobrooks during an event Monday morning at F.R. Young Student Union Dining Room in Scooba. A similar event is planned from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at EMCC'S Golden Triangle Campus in the Student Union private dining room.

Alsobrooks, a native of Pearl River, has more than a decade of experience working in the community college system and is a product of a community college. He previously served as vice president of Economic and Community Development at Pearl River Community College. Before that, he was the college’s director of Workforce Education and the Woodall Advanced Technology Center. He’s also a former engineering coordinator and instructor for the College of Science and Technology and the Lean Enterprise Center at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Alsobrooks holds an associate of arts degree from Pearl River Community College, a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University and a masters degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Capital Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Being an advocate for community colleges in Mississippi, Alsobrooks said he is glad to be part of the number one community college in the United States. The school's workforce development program, academics and athletics drew Alsobrooks to the college, and he commended its success.

Alsobrooks said since becoming president he has been spending days with legislative staff about college funding and looking at ways to improve the college and the success of its students.

The biggest challenge he faces as president, he said, is securing funding for education, affecting both kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education. He said he will fight for funding so students won't have to worry about a financial burden.

"Our goal is to keep the cost down so that we can serve our students well," Alsobrooks said.

Because he pursued an industrial engineering degree, he said early in his student years he never thought he would be a college president. 

While attending Mississippi State University in Starkville, the chair of the industrial engineering department encouraged him to explore other options in industrial engineering besides working at a company. He was told someday he could maybe be a CEO or a college president, which helped him see possibilities for his future.

As president of a college, Alsobrooks said he hopes he can help students stay on the path to success. EMCC can help students early in their college years and prepare them to transfer to another college, he said.

Michael Ted Evans, the state representative of the 43rd Mississippi District, said he is excited for a lot of the good things Alsobrooks will bring to the college.

Alsobrooks said his previous positions have helped him to adjust to his new role.

“Industrial engineering can take you to great heights,” Alsobrooks said.

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