EMCC names interim president

Rick Young

Rick Young has been named interim president at East Mississippi Community College, the school announced Friday.

Young, who served as president emeritus before the announcement by the EMCC Board of Trustees, began his new role on Friday, May 18.

His career with EMCC stretches back over 40 years. He assumed the presidency in 2004 and held the position until his retirement in 2015.

Tom Huebner was named Young's replacement in 2015, but Huebner announced earlier this month he would resign from the position to pursue his candidacy for the open president position at Meridian Community College.

Huebner's last day was May 8, but the school says he is using accumulated leave and the formal, effective date of his resignation is June 30.

“The EMCC Board of Trustees looks forward to working with Dr. Young,” board chairman Jimmie Moore said. “He has more than 30 years of senior level experience in the administration and personnel and programs and has worked in the field of education over 40 years."

Moore said the EMCC board is confident Young's energy, commitment to the district, love of EMCC and experience will positively lead the school to even greater accomplishments in the education and training of those students it serves.

Young will serve in an interim capacity and the school's Board of Trustees will conduct a search for the college’s next president.

“It’s good to be home,” Young said. “I deeply appreciate the opportunity, given by the Board of Trustees, to return as interim president of EMCC, the college that I love.”

During Young's presidency, EMCC won three of the school’s four NJCAA national junior-college football championships. EMCC also saw substantial growth of the Workforce Services Division and the acquisition and launch of the Lion Hills Center also took place during his tenure. Other top priorities during Young's previous tenure included growing the Mighty Lion Band and the launch of the Early College High School and WGTC 92.7 FM radio station on the Golden Triangle campus.

Young played a crucial role in the construction of new student unions, including the F.R. Young Student Union in Scooba, which bears his name.

“I look forward to once again serving alongside EMCC’s dynamic team of faculty and staff,” Young said. “We will move forward together and continue to achieve excellence in all that we do.”