MCCer of the Month: Dr. Cedric S. Gathings

Joining in the celebration of Dr. Cedric Gathings as MCCer of the Month are Dr. Tom Huebner, Whitney Stevens, Lily Hatampa, Dr. Leia Hill, Lauren Stokes, Dr. Gathings, Susan Swink, Casey McElhenney, Sander Atkinson, and Joseph Knight.

As vice president of student affairs and dean of students, Dr. Cedric S. Gathings relishes interacting with students and helping them navigate their college journey. "Seeing them grow, succeed, and achieve their goals is very rewarding," he said. 

Others see his dedication, enthusiasm, and service to the College, students, and the community; Dr. Gathings was named MCCer of the Month for June. The MCC Foundation sponsors this monthly award to exemplify the College's hardworking employees who go above and beyond their daily duties. Honorees are peer-nominated. In addition to a commemorative plaque, recipients are given $250. 

Dr. Gathings, who started working at MCC in the summer of 2021, is a native of Okolona and is a first-generation student. He holds an associate of arts degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College, a bachelor of science degree in social science from Delta State University, and a master of education degree in sociology. His doctorate is in higher education from Concordia University Chicago. 

One of his life’s proudest moments was earning his doctorate as a first-gen college student. "It was a profound achievement that represented not just my hard work but also the hopes and dreams of my family, particularly my mother," Dr. Gathings said. Although his mom passed away before he could complete the doctorate, he’s certain she would be proud. 

Dr. Gathings appreciates the sense of community at MCC. "We have a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone is committed to supporting each other," he said. 

Nominators agree about Dr. Gathings’ helpful nature. “His open-door policy and willingness to listen exemplify his enthusiasm for fostering a supportive and inclusive spirit,” said one nominator, adding, “he consistently goes above and beyond his job duties by making himself accessible to anyone in need of help or advice.” Dr. Tom Huebner, MCC president, congratulated Dr. Gathings for the honor. "This recognition is well deserved. His dedication and hard work have greatly benefited our students and the entire campus community," Dr. Huebner said. 

Motivated by the chance to make a positive impact, Dr. Gathings said he is inspired by poet Maya Angelou's writings: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

Dr. Gathings enjoys spending time with his wife, Kimberly, who is also an educator, and their three children. The family loves traveling, celebrating one another, and attending sporting events. 

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