Shorter scholarship established at Northwest

TShorterThe Tim Shorter Endowment was established at the Northwest Mississippi Community College Foundation by a host of friends and family and his colleagues on the Oxford Campus.

Shorter died on September 1, 2013, at the age of 56. At the time of his death, he held the position of Evening School Director on Northwest’s Oxford Campus. His career at Northwest spanned 25 years.

Shorter was the son of C. D. and Sarah Shorter, and had three siblings, Joey, Jimmy and Doris. After graduating from Oxford High School in 1975, he married the former Jan Roy and began working for Fred’s, a chain of retail discount stores, for 11 years. He worked in retail sales and management in Mississippi, Kentucky and Arkansas.

He then returned to Oxford where he and Jan ran a “country store” while he attended The University of Mississippi and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He began his administrative career at Northwest on the Oxford campus in 1988.

Tim and Jan have one daughter, Shannon who is married to Cam McLaughlin. They have two grandchildren, John Sheppard (Shep) and Cecelia (CeeCee).

“The most important things to Tim were his faith, his wife of almost 40 years, his daughter and son-in-law and his grandchildren. He loved working on his farm and cheering for the Ole Miss Rebels. He was a dedicated and capable administrator who used his intellect and compassion to work with Northwest students and encourage them in their pursuit of higher education. He endeared himself to his colleges with his kind and willing spirit. He served as co-sponsor of Phi Theta Kappa, and he was always willing to go the extra mile,” said Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects.

The scholarship will be awarded to students attending the Oxford campus of Northwest, according to Canon.

For more information about the Northwest Foundation, contact Canon at 662-560-1103 or e-mail


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