WESSON – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Ronald E. Nettles, II, President of the College effective July 1, 2008. Nettles, who will become Co-Lin’s seventh president, will replace Dr. Howell Garner who announced that he would retire June 30, 2008. Garner has served the college for 34 years, the past 11 years as president.
“I am very grateful to the Board of Trustees for the confidence they have shown in me by naming me the next President of Copiah-Lincoln Community College,” said Nettles. “I am truly honored and overwhelmed by this responsibility and trust and am looking forward to the next six months of working with Dr. Garner to ensure a smooth transition. I am personally committed to this institution and I look forward to working with our faculty and staff to fulfill our mission in the communities we serve. I’m very proud about where Co-Lin is now and where it can go in the years ahead.”
Nettles, 46, is currently Executive Vice President of the College, a position he has held since July 2004. He served as Copiah-Lincoln’s Dean of the Natchez Campus 1997-2004 and Director of Community and Economic Development on the Wesson Campus from 1994-1997. Prior to coming to Co-Lin, he held various administrative positions at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1984-1994.
“I am grateful to Dr. Garner for all that he has done for me personally and professionally,” said Nettles. “I think if you look back at the last 11 years that he has been president, you can confidently say it was the greatest period of growth in the 80 year history of Co-Lin. He has done a remarkable job.”
A native of Jefferson County, Dr. Nettles is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal Day School in Natchez. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a Master of Education degree in counseling and personnel services. Dr. Nettles received a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in Educational Leadership in 1994.
Nettles is a member of numerous professional organizations and civic clubs including the Mississippi Community College Academic Deans Association, National Council of Instructional Administrators, Mississippi Association of Colleges, Wesson Lions Club, Wesson Chamber of Commerce, Wesson Attendance Center PTA, Adams County Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Rotary Club of Natchez, Natchez Chamber of Commerce, and has been a youth league soccer, basketball and baseball coach.
He received the National Institute for Organizations Development (NISOD) Excellence Award (1998), Co-Lin’s High Performance Award (1999) and was a member of Mississippi’s Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi Class of 1990.
Nettles is married to the former Rosie Jones of Natchez. They have two children, a daughter, Jordan and a son, Brandon. They are members of St. Francis Church in Brookhaven.