Lott's Contract Extended At MGCCC

Dr. Willis Lott will continue to serve as President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Wednesday the school's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Lott's contract for another four years until June 30, 2007.

Lott started with Gulf Coast in 1992 as the Vice President for Instruction and was selected as the college's president in 1998. Board members said the decision was easy and praised Lott for moving the college forward despite a 25 percent reduction in direct state funding.

"He has done an outstanding job as the administrator and CEO of the college. We can't say enough about his leadership. He has such a good working relationship with the staff. He's a good communicator who has managed the budget crisis with determination and equity," Board Chair Robert Watters Jr. said.

Dr. Lott thanked the Board for their vote of confidence and pledged to continue bringing the college's eight locations closer together in the future.