Co-Lin Natchez VP resigns

Published 12:01 am Sunday, May 5, 2019

NATCHEZ — The leader of the Natchez campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College said she is ready for the next chapter in her career.

After more than 12 years of leading the campus, Vice-President Teresa Busby has resigned. The Co-Lin Board of Trustees accepted Busby’s resignation during the board’s regular meeting Thursday.

“It is time for a change,” Busby said. “I have been doing this for a long time.”

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Busby said her time at the school has been one of the great highlights of her career.

“The people at Co-Lin are some of the best people I have worked with,” Busby said. “They are family.”

Busby’s last day on the campus will be May 13.

Co-Lin President Jane Hulon said she thanks Busby for her leadership of the Natchez campus.

“We appreciate all she has done at Co-Lin and wish her all the success,” Hulon said.

Hulon said the school will begin looking for the next leader of the Natchez campus.

“The school in Natchez is such an important part of the Co-Lin district,” Hulon said. “We want to take the time to find the appropriate person to lead the school.”

Hulon said she does not have a timeline set for when she expects to find Busby’s replacement.

“We don’t want to delay, but we do want to take whatever time is necessary to find the appropriate person who will step in.”

Hulon said the Natchez campus is unique in that it not only prepares students for success but also is a leader in community economic development issues and workforce training. Finding a leader for such a unique campus, Hulon said, will take careful consideration.

Board member and Natchez businessman Melton King said the school “has big shoes to fill.”

On the board for 28 years, King said he is confident the school will find the best person for the job.

“Natchez is very important,” Melton said. “We are going to take (the job search) very seriously.”

Hulon said she plans to visit the Natchez in the coming days to “come up with a game plan” for the next steps for the campus, including determining interim leadership for the school.

As the school plans to find a new leader, Busby said she will be moving into a new job, a position that she said she is unable to talk about at this time.

Even though she is stepping down, Busby said she feels confident in the future of Co-Lin Natchez.

“I love Co-Lin. It is a great campus, and a lot of great things are happening there,” Busby said. “I am sure the next person is going to also do great things.”