Northwest president welcomes new executive director of UM-DeSoto

GregoryNorthwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Gary Lee Spears welcomed new University of Mississippi-DeSoto Executive Director, Rick Gregory, to the Northwest Board of Trustees meeting on August 15.

Gregory is the former president and dean of the International College of Lijiang College of Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, China. He has taught in the undergraduate, master’s and doctoratal levels. Gregory was vice president, founding dean and professor of leadership at Dallas Baptist University’s Gary Cook Graduate SChool of Leadership and vice president for Executive and Student Affairs. Gregory was also president of Howard Payne University.

Gregory graduated from Howard Payne University, Sam Houston State University and The University of Houston.

In his capacity as executive director, Gregory is responsible for oversight of all operations, including recruiting, admissions, financial aid, advising, class schedules and discipline. He will supervise a staff of nearly 20 employees and assist 45 and 50 faculty members who teach there. Gregory is also the financial officer for the center “Northwest and The University of Mississippi long ago created a strong partnership in DeSoto County to meet the education al needs of this region. It is my privilege to continue to assist in strengthening our partnership as we move forward together. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Spears and the leadership team of Northwest DeSoto, as we build a quality academic experience for the students who come to our respective institutions,” Gregory said.

Gregory and his wife, the former Judy Barnes, have three children, Josh, Tiffany and Zach, and one daughter-in-law, Rebekah.

Pictured: Northwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Gary Lee Spears, left and DeSoto Center Dean Richie Lawson welcomed Rick Gregory, new Executive Director of The University of Mississippi–DeSoto to the Northwest Board of Trustees meeting. Gregory has vast experience in higher education. (Photo by Sarah Sapp)

 Story by LaJuan Tallo, Communications Assistant

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