Tucker to helm Northwest's ARC

Dr. Emily Tucker has been announced as director of Northwest Mississippi Community College’s new Advising and Retention Center (ARC).

Tucker comes to Northwest after 12 years at Itawamba Community College (ICC), where she most recently served as recruitment coordinator and advisor. Prior to ICC, Tucker worked for The University of Mississippi as a regional admissions counselor.

“I am very excited to have Dr. Tucker as our new director of the Advising and Retention Center,” said Dr. Tonyalle Rush, associate vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management. “She has an extensive knowledge and background in advising, and I look forward to working with her on my team.”

The ARC will serve as a centralized location for academic student advising, complete with a staff of professional advisors. The office, located on the main campus in Senatobia, will focus heavily on student retention, which Tucker said comes down to three elements: accessibility, engagement and going the extra mile.

“I’m looking forward to being able to help students holistically; helping them come up with a plan for their academic journey, semester by semester, and helping them reach their ultimate career, professional and personal goals,” she said.

Tucker said she enjoys the smaller environment of a community college because of the ability to get to know students, engage with them and give them the resources to be successful. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Ole Miss, as well as a master’s degree in higher education/student personnel and a doctorate in higher education. 

Tucker is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and serves as president of the Tupelo chapter. She is also a Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy graduate, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Top 40 Under 40 finalist, ICC Leadership Development Institute graduate, and a Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute graduate. 

Additionally, she is a member of the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network (WHEMN) and the Mississippi Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO), for which she has served as regional vice president.

For more information about Northwest and the college’s programs and resources, visit northwestms.edu.