Alumnus Dr. Kendricks Hooker to Oversee Academic Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College

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Alumnus Dr. Kendricks Hooker to Oversee Academic Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College

Dr. Kendricks Hooker has been appointed as the vice president of Academic Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He is ready to aid faculty in creating welcoming learning environments that prepare students for future undertakings. He brings the Memphis, Tennessee, institution a supportive background in health and science.

Alumnus Dr. Kendricks Hooker to Oversee Academic Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College

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

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Wed Jun 24, 2020

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Dr. Kendricks Hooker, ’95, graduated from Coahoma Community College the valedictorian of his class. He ventured out from his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi, to begin a career in higher education.

Entering a higher plane of leadership, Hooker will serve as the vice president of Academic Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

“My role as vice president of Academic Affairs creates another venue for me to make a difference,” said Hooker. “I’ve spent a large portion of my professional career as a professor. This unique opportunity allowed me to assist students as they pursued their various professional or life journeys.”

“As VPAA, I can take this to the next level,” he added. Hooker plans to provide faculty with the same support.

He is ready to aid faculty in creating welcoming learning environments that prepare students for future undertakings.

Hooker joins the Southwest team with two more newcomers, Cynthia Graham, the vice president of External Affairs, and Gregory W. Eller, the associate vice president of Human Resources.

“In the midst of the change that’s being forced upon us amid Covid-19, I am involved in many discussions to ensure that the measures and strategies put in place will minimize the barriers that today’s students encounter,” Hooker added.

Hooker brings the Memphis, Tennessee, institution a supportive background in health and science. He has served as the dean of the School of Health Education as well as the associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. While serving as chair of Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Health Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Baptist College, he taught biology, microbiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy and physiology. Hooker also delved further into science as a research technician at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

With both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Jackson State University, he accumulated plenty of teaching experience. He was a biology professor at Mid-South Community College and an adjunct instructor at various schools, including Southwest Tennessee Community College, Arkansas State University, Hinds Community College, Strayer University, Tougaloo College and the University of Phoenix.

He earned an associate degree in biology from Coahoma, an MBA from Bethel University, and a doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University.

Hooker says, of all the schools he attended, his time at Coahoma Community College was the most challenging. It was at CCC that he learned time management and punctuality. He is appreciative of his attendance and a few former teachers at Coahoma, including Jerone Shaw and CCC president Dr. Valmadge Towner, for fostering those skills. He viewed Towner as a life coach and was grateful for his open-door policy.

“After graduating from high school, I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. That pursuit quickly changed after meeting and being taught by Mr. Jerome Shaw,” said Hooker.

“At that early stage in my academic career, Mr. Shaw challenged me more than I have ever been challenged before.”

He recognized that he needed to develop the study habits and soft skills to further his education at the next level.

“CCC and Mr. Shaw took a young man that was pretty decent in the classroom but lacked the needed maturity, organizational and time management skills to climb the ladder of academia,” Hooker explained.

Hooker is proud to be a part of his family’s Tiger legacy. Every member of his immediate family either graduated from or attended Coahoma Community College. His dad and youngest brother are CCC graduates as well.