East Central Community College (ECCC), with its main campus located in Decatur, Mississippi, and a secondary career and technical center located in Philadelphia, Mississippi, was founded in 1928. The Mission Statement of the college declares: East Central Community College is a public, open-access, comprehensive, two-year institution of higher education that provides university transfer education, distance education opportunities, career-technical programs, workforce development services, and basic skills offerings to meet the educational and training needs of the residents of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties located in east central Mississippi
East Central Community College earned initial accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the Associate Degree in 1939 and has had its accreditation reaffirmed each decade since. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ECCC. The college’s health-related programs are accredited by the appropriate state and/or national associations. Today the college holds membership in The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), The Mississippi Association of Colleges (MAC), and the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges (MACC).
As noted in the Mission Statement, ECCC is a comprehensive community college which offers to its students the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, the Associate of Applied Science degree, and Technical and Career certificates. Currently, the college enrolls in excess of 2,400 students in university parallel, technical, and career programs. In addition, the college annually serves more than 9,000 students in non-credit workforce training programs and services for businesses and industries as well as in adult education programs throughout the five-county service area.
The college physical plant consists of 150 acres with over 30 instructional and service buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities/fields, and faculty houses. Currently, the college’s nine residence facilities offer more than 700 beds for on-campus living. The total value of college facilities is over $89 million. In addition, the college employs over 200 full-time personnel and operates with a budget in excess of $40 million. Eight presidents have served the institution since its founding in 1928.
East Central Community College supports nine varsity sports teams, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis. These student-athletes annually are among the best in the state and the nation in individual and team grade-point average, and compete in some of the finest facilities in the nation.
The college is governed by a 30-member Board of Trustees, six from each of the five counties it serves. Currently, five members from each county are appointed by the county Board of Supervisors, with the local county superintendent serving as the sixth member from each county.
- Dr. Billy Stewart, President
- Dr. Teresa Mackey, Vice President for Instruction
- David Case, Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness
- Dr. Randall Lee, Vice President for Student Service
- Mickey Vance, Vice President for Business Operations
- Bill Wagnon, Vice President for Public Information