Executive vice-president Ricky G. Ford of Booneville has been named the tenth president of Northeast Mississippi Community College effective July 1, 2015. The announcement was made following a called meeting of the Northeast Board of Trustees Tuesday.
Ford takes over for Dr. Johnny L. Allen who recently announced plans to retire.
“I think that’s a great move,” Union County School Superintendent Ken Basil said. Basil and BNA Bank executive Vance Witt are the two Union County representatives on the Northeast board of trustees.
“He has been the face of Northeast for a long, long time. We are excited about him taking over,” Basil continued. “We talked to him about being visible in the communities and getting out in the schools. He assured us he would and he is excited about taking the job. We are very excited about Ricky taking over the job. And we are very thankful for the job that Dr. Allen did too at Northeast all these years.”
Mayor Tim Kent agreed that Ford’s selection will likely benefit New Albany and the Northeast satellite campus here.
“I’ve known Ricky for a long time,” he said. “I always thought he was a great person and a better administrator. I think he will be good for Northeast and he will be fair.”
Ford, a 1975 graduate of Northeast, joined the Northeast staff as the head women’s basketball coach in 1981. During his time at Northeast, Ford also served as an admissions counselor, athletic director and dean of students before being named executive vice-president.
“I count President Ford a trusted friend and colleague,” Allen said. “I know that his love for Northeast will be the foundation for a successful tenure as president. This is an event which we all can celebrate.”
A veteran educator, Ford served as a teacher and head basketball coach at Booneville High School before accepting his first position at Northeast.
“I am deeply honored that the Board has the confidence in me to entrust me with the huge responsibility of leading Northeast into a new era,” Ford said. “I am looking forward to the next few months as we begin forming plans to do just that.”
Ford is the brother of New Albany School Superintendent Jackie Ford.