Longtime business instructor Leah Arrington has done something most other faculty has probably never done – she has taught students on all three campuses of Northwest Mississippi Community College. Arrington, who is beginning her 24th year at Northwest, was recently named division director of Business.
From 1991-1996, Arrington was an accounting technology instructor at the DeSoto Center. Her duties there included teaching accounting, business mathematics and management classes. During that time, she participated in developing a revised statewide curriculum for the Accounting Technology degree program.
Arrington came to the Senatobia campus as an accounting instructor in 1997. She has primarily taught accounting principles I and II, and I but has also taught courses in business communications and personal financial management. She also teaches accounting classes at the Lafayette – Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford in the evening.
Before coming to Northwest, Arrington was a staff accountant at KMPG Peat Marwick in Memphis. She attended Northwest, majoring in accounting before transferring to The University of Mississippi, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy. She also attended Mississippi State University, earning 18 college hours credit in vocational and technical education.
Arrington is looking forward to her new duties as division director. “I was so thrilled to be selected for this position. I know that there have been a lot of great people here before me. I have worked under previous directors Joanne Reed, Russell Lott and Amy Stewart, who have all mentored me and been great resources to me,” Arrington said. “I am looking forward to working with our great business division faculty.”
Her goals for the division include recruiting quality students for the programs. “We are always thinking about graduation. We need to keep improving and help our students graduate on time. That should be our major focus,” Arrington said.
She and her husband Perry live in Oxford and are the parents of Austin, 18 and Abby, 15.
For more information on the Business Division, visit the college website at www.northwestms.edu.
Story by LaJuan Tallo, Communications Assistant