Dr. Dewayne Middleton has been appointed Vice President of the Simpson County Center. Middleton succeeds Dr. John Dickerson, who has accepted a position as registrar at Mississippi State University.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Dewayne Middleton assume the role of Vice President of the Simpson County Center,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “He has worked with all aspects of the campus operation at the Simpson County Center and has a tremendous amount of experience in dealing with the issues unique to the campus.
Dr. Middleton has the strong support of the faculty, staff and students at the Co-Lin Simpson County Center and I am certain we will continue to see the campus grow. He has met every challenge as an administrator and I have full confidence in him as Vice President of the Simpson County Center.”
Middleton has served as Academic Advisor/Instructor and Dean of Student Services/Instructor since the Center opened in 2005. Prior to joining the Simpson Center staff, Middleton worked on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus as Upward Bound Coordinator.
“I am excited about my new role as Vice President of Copiah-Lincoln Community College Simpson County Center,” said Dr. Middleton. “I look forward to making a positive contribution to the college as well as the community. My role is to continue building upon the foundation and high expectations set by former Vice President Dr. John Dickerson. The faculty, staff, and students are all outstanding, and I have no doubt that we will continue to grow personally, professionally, and academically as we continue to prove why Co-Lin is truly ‘the place to be’.”
A native of Franklin County, Middleton is a graduate of Co-Lin and the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his Master’s in secondary education from Alcorn State University and his Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University.
An active member of the community, Middleton is a member of the Southeastern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO), Mississippi Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO), Mississippi ACT Council, Simpson County Economic Development Board, Simpson County Leadership, South Central Community Action, Magee General Hospital Health Trust Board, and Simpson County Mississippi Scholars. He has served on numerous committees at Co-Lin, as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Substantive Change Committee, and the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges Review Team for OCR and ADA Compliance. Middleton served as a Volunteer Assistant Basketball Coach for the Co-Lin Wolves and Lady Wolves and currently volunteers as a youth coach for baseball, basketball and soccer.
He received the Howell C. Garner High Performance Award, listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, and named an Emerging Leader of Mississippi. Middleton and his wife, SirKersia are the parents of two children. He is the son of Edward and Sarah Shaverd of Bude.
Copiah-Lincoln Community College opened the Simpson County Center in the fall of 2005. Dr. Billy Stewart served as the first dean at the Center. Dr. Rhonda Smith served as acting dean since August 2006 – June 2007. Dr. Dickerson served as the Dean/Vice President from June 2007 – January 11, 2013. The Simpson County Center is located on Highway 49 between Magee and Mendenhall next to Legion Lake.