Dr. Cedric Bradley, vice president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Harrison County Campus, Keesler Center, and Naval Construction Battalion Center, was appointed as a board member for the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) and the Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corporation (MHEAC). As a member of the board, Bradley will help guide the organizations through their next phase of growth under a new five-year strategic plan.
“I look forward to working with the new team of officers with WHEF and MHEAC as we plan the future of the organizations,” Bradley said. “This is an opportunity for us to promote the excellent job that community colleges do in providing educational access to all citizens and more specifically underrepresented students. It will also help us provide scholarships and funding for these students to ensure their educational and career success.”
Bradley graduated from Meridian Community College in 2002 and received degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University. He began working at MGCCC in 2014 as dean of Teaching and Learning at the Jackson County Campus and became vice president of the Harrison County Campus in 2018.
He was one of 40 leaders selected for the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship in 2021. The highly selective leadership fellowship is part of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program that prepares the next generation of community college presidents. He was also awarded the Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development Community Partnership award from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2021. Bradley was named a Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished College Administrator in 2022.
WHEF and MHEAC work together to increase college access and entry for people in Mississippi and have expanded that work to support promising practices that lead to college persistence and completion. The groups envision a Mississippi where all people can secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to advance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future for the state.