Dr. Willie Lockett

Lockett to Lead UMMC’s Alumni in Health Professions

Although unknowingly, small-scale leadership roles have been preparing Willie Lockett, Ph.D., the program director of Coahoma’s Respiratory Care program, for his new position as president over the University of Mississippi’s School of Health Related Professions Alumni Association.

Lockett to Lead UMMC’s Alumni in Health Professions

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Wed Nov 20, 2019

Dr. Willie LockettAlthough unknowingly, small-scale leadership roles have been preparing Willie Lockett, Ph.D., the program director of Coahoma’s Respiratory Care program, for his new position as president over the University of Mississippi’s School of Health Related Professions Alumni Association.

“It appears that others have seen leadership qualities in me since I was a young lad,” says Lockett. “I have been consistently chosen by peers and others to take the lead whenever the opportunity was present.”

He was the president of his Respiratory Care class at Coahoma Community College while earning his associate’s degree and has served as treasurer and president of the northern region of the Mississippi Society for Respiratory Care.

Lockett’s new title follows a ton of leadership training from programs such as the Higher Education Leadership Foundation. A Marks, Mississippi, native, he has also attained expertise from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy and through Fred Pryor Seminars, which offered him knowledge about business.

“I have had the privilege of having many great examples of leadership in various facets of my life, personally, academically and professionally,” Lockett said. “I would be remiss if I did not give credit and thanks to my parents for providing me with a stable foundation and instilling qualities like trust, honesty, and accountability in me that are essential to effective leadership.”

While a student in the Health Sciences/Organizational Leadership master’s program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Lockett was nominated by the chair of the department to be inducted into the Alpha Eta honor society, a national honor society for allied health professions for graduates in the top ten percent of their class.

“After graduating, I was asked to speak on behalf of the program a time or two and was later appointed to the alumni board,” he explained.

Acting as a representative for the program soon landed him a spot on the alumni board. He was later appointed as president-elect for a two-year period and has officially taken on his responsibilities as president.

While attending Coahoma Community College, Lockett’s academic achievements led to him becoming a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society as well as the Lambda Beta honor society. Following his education at CCC, Lockett furthered his studies at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science to receive his bachelor’s degree in Cardio-Respiratory Care. While in the UMMC graduate program, he emphasized in Organizational Leadership.                                        

Along with a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Jackson State University, he holds healthcare-related certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He is also a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) and a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Having served as an instructor at Coahoma Community College for about nine years, Lockett views his lead role in Health Sciences as an opportunity to serve and mold the minds of students.

Many of Lockett’s co-workers and former teachers have been instrumental to his growth and development as an aspiring educator, healthcare professional, and administrator.

“I believe that leaders are servants; therefore, being the director of Respiratory Care has afforded me the ability to not only serve our students but also the community by being a catalyst for change,” Lockett said.

“I help students obtain the resources they need to reach their future goal of becoming a healthcare provider and beyond.”