Dr. Ladd Taylor named vice president of MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus

Dr. L. Taylor 22May14 (1648)Dr. Ladd Taylor was named vice president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus and George County Center on May 21, 2014.  Taylor, an MGCCC alumnus, has served as interim vice president since January.

“Dr. Taylor will be an exceptional leader for the Perkinston Campus and George County Center,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president.  “Thanks to his leadership, our athletics program is even stronger, and our athletes are successful in and out of the sports arena.  Dr. Taylor is dedicated to the success of every MGCCC student, and he will make a positive difference to everyone at the college and in the community.”

Working at MGCCC since 2002, Taylor most recently served as dean of Athletics for six years.  His previous positions at the college included Student Activities supervisor (2002-2006), Hayden Hall resident hall supervisor (2003-2007), and director of Admissions and Records at the Perkinston Campus. He was named MGCCC’s athletic director in 2008 and college dean of Athletics in 2011.  He served as department chair of the HPR department from 2009 to 2014 and also held a two-year term as NJCAA Region 23 director for Women’s Athletics.

Taylor was a member of the Bulldog football team in 1993-94 and values his experience as a student-athlete at MGCCC, saying that team sports is an excellent way to prepare college students for life’s challenges.

After receiving his associate degree from MGCCC in May 1994, he received a bachelor’s degree in business management from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2000, a master’s degree in adult education from USM in 2005, a specialist degree in education from William Carey University in 2012 and a doctorate in higher education from WCU in May 2014.

Taylor has been devoted to the improvement of athletics at MGCCC, implementing the “I.C.E.” theme for the athletic program.  I.C.E. stands for Integrity, Class and Enthusiasm, which he says serves as the foundation for MGCCC’s athletic success. In fact, student athletes at MGCCC have maintained the highest graduation rate (98 percent) in the state’s community colleges for the past three years and are recognized regularly by the MJCAA and NJCAA for their superior academic standing.

Taylor also played an integral role in establishing the Mississippi Bowl in 2008.  That bowl game, played annually between the MACJC state champion and a nationally ranked team, is held in Biloxi. During the three-day event, players are required to participate in community service in the South Mississippi area on the Saturday prior to the big game.

“I am extremely honored to serve as the vice president of the Perkinston Campus and George County Center,” Taylor says.  “It is a tremendous responsibility, and I am humbled and look forward to continuing the great work that has already been done at these two locations.”

Taylor and his wife, Robin, have two daughters, RiAnne, 15, and Sayla, 12.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.