The East Central Community College family is in mourning following the passing of former president, Dr. Eddie M. Smith.
The 71-year-old Smith died Monday at his home in Decatur, following a lengthy illness.
Smith was president at his alma mater from 1985 to 2000.
According to a news release from ECCC, the college experienced unprecedented growth in numerous areas, especially in enrollment, program offerings, campus facilities and workforce education during Smith's tenure.
Enrollment at East central increased each year of Smith's leadership.
Milling Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.