Dr. Charles Lee, president of Mississippi State University, has been on a tour of the state's community colleges in an effort to tighten the relationships with the states four-year universities.
His tour brought him to Scooba, to the campus of East Mississippi Community College.
"We are visiting every community college across the state, because we believe it is very important to have the smoothest possible transition for the students that start here or at one of the other community colleges," said Lee.
With over half of all university graduates starting their education at a community college, Lee said it's important to fill any voids between the two, and with a new set of vice presidents in place, Dr. Lee said he feels they should become more acquainted with the community college system as well.
"I just think it is important for our leadership to understand the community college system and the strengths that it has and the opportunities that their kind of campuses have to help young people start their higher learning journey," Lee said.
Dr. Lee is quick to recognize the important role community colleges play in the education system. He said he is impressed with EMCC's campus and leadership.
"I think it serves an interesting part of our state and does so with distinction," said the MSU president. "It has a great leadership."
As a thank you for his efforts to improve university and community college relations, East Mississippi Community College officials surprised Lee with a "Bull" Sullivan jersey. It is a special honor as it represents Bob "Bull" Sullivan, known as the "toughest coach there ever was."