MERIDIAN, Miss.—The president of Meridian Community College will be the spring 2018 graduation speaker at Mississippi State University-Meridian.
Scott Elliott will deliver the May 3 commencement address at an 11 a.m. public ceremony at the MSU Riley Center for Performing Arts and Education.
More than 100 students are candidates for degrees at MSU-Meridian.
A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Elliott has more than 33 years of experience in community college administration, the past 20 of those spent at the local community college, where he began his tenure in September 1998. He will retire from MCC this summer.
Prior to moving to Meridian, Elliott served as president of Clarendon College near Amarillo, Texas from 1995 to 1998 and worked for eight years as a vice president and provost at Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida.
In 2014 Elliott was recognized by Phi Theta Kappa International as a recipient of the prestigious Shirley B. Gordon Distinguished Service Award, and he recently received the organization’s Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award.
Before entering higher education, Elliott worked as a professional journalist winning more than 45 awards in Associated Press and regional press association writing competitions.
Elliott has served as chairman of the Mississippi Community and Junior College Association, as well as the Mississippi Community College Foundation. He also was chairman of the Texas Community College Association and commissioner for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Elliott is past president of the Mississippi Association of Colleges, which includes all of the state’s public and private universities and junior colleges.
He and his wife of 46 years, Claudia, are the proud parents of two children. The couple are members of the First United Methodist Church of Collinsville.
For more about MSU-Meridian, visit www.meridian.msstate.edu.
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