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Calhoun VP takes position in Mississippi college

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Calhoun Community College's vice president for instruction and student services, Theresa Hamilton, is leaving for a similar position at Hinds Community College in Mississippi.

Hamilton accepted the position of vice president of Hinds' campuses in Raymond and Jackson. Hinds' board of trustees approved her hiring at its June 6 meeting. She replaces retiring Dan Hogan, a 33-year Hinds employee.

She is retiring in Alabama after 28 years in education, including the last 26 at Calhoun, and is following her husband, Bill, to north-central
Mississippi. He is director of curriculum for Oxford City Schools.

"There's a lot of great folks at Calhoun, and they've always been so student-oriented," Hamilton said. "I've developed some really close friends here over the years, so it will be tough to leave them."

Hamilton said her new position is basically a vertical career move. Hinds, with a 15,000-student enrollment, has about 6,000 more students than Calhoun. Created in 1917, the school has five campuses in north-central Mississippi.

Calhoun President Marilyn Beck said Hamilton will be hard to replace. She said she is still considering her options on how and when to proceed with a search for Hamilton's replacement.

"She is highly regarded by her colleagues here at Calhoun as well as across the state and region," said Beck.

"We will truly miss her inspiration, and the leadership she has provided to this institution."

Her last day is Aug. 31, and she starts her new job Sept. 1. Hamilton said she still has some things she wants to accomplish this summer at Calhoun, including helping the college plan for its 60th anniversary celebration in the fall.

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