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            WESSON- Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Simpson County Center Vice President Dr. Dewayne Middleton has been named the recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. The NISOD Excellence Awards were established in 1991 as a way to honor and recognize the extraordinary work of faculty, administrators, and staff whose service to their students, colleagues, and community deserve special recognition. Since then, more than 25,000 recipients have been honored with the Excellence Award.

              Prior to being appointed as a Vice President, Dr. Middleton served Co-Lin as Dean of Student Services, academic advisor/instructor, Upward Bound Coordinator, and assistant men and women basketball coach. He holds an A.A. degree from Co-Lin in Secondary Education, a B.S. from University of Southern Mississippi in Coaching and Sports Administration, an M.S. from Alcorn State in Secondary Education, and a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University.

In addition to serving on the Board of the Simpson County Economic Development Foundation, he currently serves on the Board of Directors at Simpson General Hospital, the Magee General Hospital HealthTrust Board, the Five County Headstart Board of Directors, Advisory Board for Peoples Bank, and is a member of the Mississippi ACT Council.

He is a member of the Mississippi Academic Officers Association for community colleges as well as the Mississippi Association for Student Affairs Association for community colleges. He serves on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reviewer for accreditation of colleges. He has served as a member of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College Athletics, the Mississippi Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), the Southern Association of Opportunity Program Personnel, the Mississippi Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the Mississippi Community College Board Review Team for OCR and ADA compliance.

In addition to being nominated to Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals, Dr. Middleton has been awarded the High Performance Award at Co-Lin, completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program, and has been recognized by the Emerging Leaders Institute. He was also named Simpson County Citizen of the Year.

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