On Aug. 27, Northwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Michael Heindl announced the promotions of two current college administrators to vice president. Dr. Matthew Domas, who has served as associate vice president for Education since 2010, was named as vice president of Academic Instruction and College Parallel Programs. Dr. David Campbell has been serving the college as district dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education since 2013 and was named vice president of Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education.
“I am very pleased that Drs. Campbell and Domas have stepped up to the plate to serve Northwest Mississippi Community College as executive leaders of the institution at this important time. Their experience will be vital as we seek to grow the college’s enrollment in academic and career-technical classes, and as we serve our business and industry partners to continue to meet their workforce training needs in the future,” Heindl said.
Domas first came to Northwest in 1995 where he served as coordinator of Adult Basic Education until 1998. From 1998-2005, he served as director of Campus Life and in 2005, he was named director of Campus Life and Housing where he served until 2007, when he was named director of Institutional Planning and Research. From 1998-2010, Domas was also a political science instructor. In 2010, he was named associate vice president for Education. He began serving as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) liaison for the college in 2007.
Before coming to Northwest, Domas worked as a counselor and coordinator for the Washington Workshops Foundation and as a legislative aide to Louisiana State Senator Jon D. Johnson. He taught history and was the varsity soccer coach and junior high basketball coach at Memphis Catholic High School.
Domas earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University and his master’s degree in political science from the University of Mississippi. He earned his Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. He is a graduate of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy and was a Rotary Group Study Exchange participant in Norway in 2002. He has served as president of both the Lafayette and Tate County Literacy Councils and as a board member for Panola Playhouse.
He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators, where he served on the board of directors. He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Institutional Research, and is still a member of the Chief Academic Officer Association, where he served as chair of the Dual Enrollment committee from 2016-2017. He also served on an Ad Hoc Committee on Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit from 2016-2017. Domas has served as a consultant for the following: Arts and Science program review for Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, program review for Northeast Mississippi Community College and as a SACSCOC substantive change and accreditation reviewer.
Campbell returned to Northwest in 2013 as district dean of Career,Technical and Workforce Education after serving at Hinds Community College as dean of Career and Technical Education on the Rankin campus since 2005.
Since his return to Northwest, the college has established the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in the northwest Mississippi region to address training and communication needs among manufacturers, economic developers and training providers. The college also implemented a model MI-BEST Program (Mississippi’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program) with high success rates. The Early Childhood Academy, funded through the Mississippi Community College Board by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was established to improve child care in local communities. Northwest secured funding for a job coach from Families First for Mississippi to improve students’ professional skills, such as job interviewing, resume preparation, communication, and work ethic and also partnered with not-for-profit Base Camp Coding Academy in Water Valley to provide a hands-on, challenging program, designed to train students to be software developers in 12 months.
Campbell began his career at Northwest in 1989 as the Student Support Services counselor before being named associate dean and director of the Career Counseling Center in 1990. From 2003-2005, he also worked part time as the college’s website manager.
Before coming to Northwest, Campbell was a prevocational assistant and evaluator and behavioral intervention specialist at the Baddour Memorial Center in Senatobia. He began his educational career at Northwest before transferring to Blue Mountain College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned his Master of Education in guidance and Counseling from the University of Mississippi. Campbell earned his doctorate in community college leadership from Mississippi State University. His professional affiliations include membership in the Chief Career and Technical Officers and Deans’ Association of Mississippi and the Association of Career-Technical Education. He was a member of the Midsouth Community College Fellowship Program in 2005.
For more information on Northwest’s academic and career-technical programs, visit the college’s website at northwestms.edu.
Suggested cutline: Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Michael Heindl (center) congratulates newly-appointed vice president Dr. David Campbell, vice president of Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education (left) and Dr. Matthew Domas, vice president of Academic Instruction and College Parallel Programs (right) at the September Board of Trustees meeting. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)