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The Dr. Ronald E. and Rosie J. Nettles College Support Endowment was recently established with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation through gifts from friends and colleagues of Nettles in honor of his recent retirement. The endowment was created to provide financial support to the three Co-Lin campuses for improvements that the president and/or executive director of the Foundation deem necessary. On hand for the presentation were from left, interim Co-Lin Foundation Director Angela Furr, Brandon Nettles, Jordan Nettles, Dr. Ronnie and Rosie Nettles, and Co-Lin President Dr. Jane Hulon.
WESSON, Mississippi – The Dr. Ronald E. and Rosie J. Nettles College Support Endowment was recently established with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation through gifts from friends and colleagues of Nettles in honor of his recent retirement. The endowment was created to provide financial support to the three Co-Lin campuses for improvements that the president and/or executive director of the Foundation deem necessary.
Nettles retired as president of Co-Lin in June after a 33-year career in education. In addition to his 10 years as president, Nettles served as director of community and economic development on the Wesson Campus, dean of the Natchez Campus, and executive vice president of the college. During his tenure as president, Co-Lin saw growth in enrollment to an all-time high, a double increase in the Co-Lin Foundation’s endowment to almost $9 million, instituted new instructional programs and services that increased student graduation rates, and construction of new buildings and other renovations on all three campuses.
“The establishment of this scholarship in Dr. Nettles’ honor is a testament to his leadership and the relationships he has with his former employees, colleagues and friends,” Interim Executive Director of the Co-Lin Foundation Angela Furr said. “Dr. Nettles understands needs of the college sometimes fall outside the realm of the college’s regular operating budget, and this endowment will provide support to fill those gaps as they arise.”
Nettles was honored by the gesture of his former colleagues and friends.
“I am very grateful that this endowment has been established at Co-Lin,” he said. “It will allow the administration to have funds available to meet financial needs of the college such as campus improvement projects, instructional equipment for classrooms or for employee professional development. We believe the endowment will be beneficial to Co-Lin for many years to come.”
Following retirement from Co-Lin, the Nettles family recently moved to Rankin County, where they have established R&R Nettles Consulting, LLC with a primary goal of providing a range of services for students, parents, schools, and colleges. In addition to Ronnie’s career in higher education, Rosie Nettles has years of experience in the field as well. She worked for Copiah County Schools for more than 13 years, most recently as a psychometrist. She has also served as an elementary and middle school counselor in Natchez. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in college counseling and student personnel services from the University of Southern Mississippi.
“We are anxious to share the skills and knowledge we have accumulated during our careers in education,” Ronnie said.
In addition to consulting, Ronnie and Rosie are enjoying spending time at their camp on Lake Concordia in Ferriday, Louisiana, and with family in Adams and Franklin Counties. They plan to visit Co-Lin often.