Hood named Co-Lin Dean of Academic Instruction

October 31, 2023

Dr. Amanda Hood has been named Copiah-Lincoln Community College Dean of Academic Instruction effective November 1, 2023. Dr. Hood previously served as Director of eLearning where she was responsible for the coordination of all online college programs, served as the district-wide learning management system administrator, trained faculty and staff in instructional design, managed eResource implementation for all online courses, and oversaw the eLearning office staff and proctored testing.  

Dr. Hood has been employed at Co-Lin since 2011, where she first began as a mathematics instructor and academic advisor on the college’s Natchez Campus. While at the Natchez Campus, she also served as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor and director of the Southwest Regional Science Olympiad. In January of 2018, Dr. Hood transferred to the Wesson Campus to begin serving as Director of eLearning.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Amanda Hood at Co-Lin and are excited for the new role she will begin as Dean of Academic Instruction,” said Dr. Dewayne Middleton, Co-Lin President. “Dr. Hood’s strong work ethic, expertise, and dedication to our college are evident to all who work with her. I feel confident she will continue to move our academic programs in a positive direction as we look for new ways to serve our students.”

The Dean of Academic Instruction oversees all academic instructional divisions and programs, eLearning, and the associate degree nursing program. The dean supervises all academic division chairpersons and faculty members on the Wesson Campus, the director of library resources and library staff, and associate degree nursing director and instructors. As Dean, Dr. Hood will monitor all student academic advisement, maintain and updates academic programs of study to align with the articulation agreement, and ensure articulation and transfer matters are current.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Amanda Hood as our Dean of Academic Instruction at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. An esteemed alum, Dr. Hood's journey has come full circle, bringing her back to lead our academic endeavors,” said Jackie Martin, Co-Lin Vice President of the Wesson Campus. “With a distinguished background as a dedicated math instructor and her current role as eLearning Director, she embodies our commitment to academic excellence and innovation. Her deep connection to our institution, combined with her passion for education, makes her the ideal leader to inspire and guide our students, faculty, and institution toward new heights of achievement.”

A 2000 graduate of Co-Lin, Dr. Hood earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign language and international trade and a master’s degree in teaching arts from Mississippi College, and then went on to earn her doctorate degree from Mississippi State University in community college leadership.

Dr. Hood’s many awards and achievements include Co-Lin Outstanding Staff Member, the Horizon Award from MS/LA Region of Phi Theta Kappa, S.O.A.R. Golden Apple Award, and Outstanding Academic Faculty Advisor. She is a graduate of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy, Leadership Natchez, and the Community College Policy Fellows program. She currently serves as a Commissioner for the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation.

She is married to Charles Hood and has a stepdaughter, Lauren and two grandchildren, Bryson and Lilli.