ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart spends last day on the job

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 1:56 PM CDT
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DECATUR, Miss. (WTOK) - It was a bittersweet day on the campus of East Central Community College Tuesday as Dr. Billy Stewart is retiring after eight years as president of the college in Decatur.

While at East Central, Dr. Stewart initiated a planning process to shape and guide the future of the institution. As a result, “2020 Vision” was adopted in February 2013 to meet national, regional and local goals.

And while he exits proud of his many accomplishments, Stewart says dealing with COVID-19 has been the biggest challenge he’s faced.

”I couldn’t envision what was going to happen, but we had a plan,” said Stewart. “We were able to implement the plan and begin that. And again, that was through the efforts of a lot of people on campus. It has been quite a challenge these last three months. But, I will say this. It simply solidified in me the knowledge that our institution is a very strong institution. We can always be better but we are a strong institution and we can respond when things like that happen.”

Newscenter 11 will take a look at Stewart’s eight-year tenure at East Central Community College Wednesday.

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