The institution's board of trustees announced Wednesday that Dr. Larry Nabors, executive vice president at Northeast Mississippi Community College, would be taking over reins from interim president Dr. Lynda Steele on Feb. 1.
Nabors' appointment concludes a search that was launched in the summer and led by a search committee chaired by Frank Dantone and composed of members of the board of trustees.
At the introduction ceremony Paula Sykes, chair of the board of trustees, introduced Nabors to a packed Yeates Fine Arts Auditorium filled with faculty, staff, students and other members of the MDCC family.
"On behalf of the board of trustees, we are very proud to announce the naming of Dr. Larry Nabors as the eighth president of Mississippi Delta Community College," said Sykes. "We feel that under his leadership MDCC will flourish and continue to grow. We look forward to the excellence that we will all enjoy under his leadership."
Sykes added that MDCC was very fortunate in securing Nabors as its new president because of his "wealth of experience and many accomplishments" in the education field.
"He has a long standing record of excellence in leadership in the community college system and our college will benefit greatly from his wisdom and direction for many years to come," she concluded.
Nabors earned an associate of arts degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College, a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics, a master of science degree in mathematics, a specialist degree in educational leadership and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, all from the University of Mississippi.
Nabors returned to his first alma mater, Northeast Community College, in 1988 to begin teaching courses in algebra, statistics and calculus.
In 2003 he was promoted to dean of instruction before becoming executive vice president of the institution in 2008.
As the executive VP, Nabors was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the college while supervising the divisions of instruction, student services, facilities, maintenance, workforce training and economic development, public information, computer services, and planning and research.
Nabors said that he is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities facing him as the top man at MDCC.
"It is certainly a pleasure to be here," said Nabors. "I am very excited about this opportunity and I would like to thank Ms. Sykes and the board of trustees. I really appreciate the confidence and the faith that they have placed in me to be the eighth president of Mississippi Delta Community College.
"I've always been proud to be a member of the community college system," he continued. "Whether it was as a student, a faculty member or administrator."
Nabors said that there was no other community college system in the United States like the one we have here in Mississippi.
"In my opinion, Mississippi has one of the best community college system in the nation and Mississippi Delta has always been one of the strongest institution in that system," Nabors said. "The Mississippi community college system has made a significant contribution to my personal and professional life.
"I believe that community colleges play an essential role in the educational system in our nation. Their connections with the local communities and their abilities to quickly train workers to meet the needs of local employers make them unique among America's institutions of higher learning.
"I look forward to working with the board of trustees, faculty, staff and students to continue MDCC's proud tradition," he concluded. "It is essential that we continue to build the educational level and workforce skills needed for this region and the entire state of Mississippi. MDCC will continue to play a pivotal role in sustaining the economic development of this region and I pledge to do my part in promoting its college and services."
Nabors has been married to the former Nedra Nance for 34 years and they have three children, Loren, 25, Jennifer, 24, and Jonathan, 22.
He has been an active member of Ripley First United Methodist Church where he has held various leadership and educational roles.