Martin tapped as new dean at Co-Lin

Published 10:40pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

WESSON – Jackie Martin returns to Copiah-Lincoln Community College bringing 10 years of career and technical education experience as she assumes the position of career, technical and workforce education dean.

Jackie Martin
Jackie Martin

Martin will provide leadership to career, technical and workforce faculty and staff at three Co-Lin locations and be integral in the implementation and management of pertinent career and technical and workforce programs throughout the district. Martin replaces Dr. Gail Baldwin, who retired in June.

In addition to campus leadership, Martin will be nurturing business and industry, which is essential to the success of all career, technical and workforce programs.

“I am very excited to return to Co-Lin,” Martin said. “I look forward to continuing to foster relationships with business and industry throughout the district.”

Martin previously served as the director of the Brookhaven Technical Center where she also participated on committees such as AdvancED (SACS co-chair), Central Mississippi Planning and Development District Local Workforce Investment Board, Brookhaven School District leadership team, ICAPS Implementation team, and Co-Lin’s Workforce Advisory Council.

While at Brookhaven Schools, she saw enrollment increase and the implementation of the new dual-credit course automotive service technology program as a result of an ongoing partnership between Co-Lin and Brookhaven Schools. In addition, she was named the 2013 administrator of the year.

Martin started her career in the classroom as a business and computer technology instructor for Crystal Springs High School and was recognized as the 2006 CSHS Teacher of the year and the 2006 Crystal Springs Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year.

Martin transitioned into administration at Co-Lin as she filled the positions of tech prep coordinator and director of career technical curriculum and assessment.

At Co-Lin, she was a recipient of the Howell C. Garner High Performance Award and NISOD Teaching in Excellence Award. In addition, Martin had the opportunity to participate in the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy, the Women in Higher Education MS Network, and as a Mississippi Scholars presenter.

Co-Lin Vice President of Instructional Services Dr. Jane Hulon expressed her excitement in welcoming Martin.

“We are thrilled to have her back at the college to serve in this leadership capacity. Jackie has much strength that will allow her to be successful leading the Career-Technical faculty and staff into the future,” said Hulon.

“The best thing about Jackie’s return is that she was able to hit the ground running and address everyday needs with little-to-no learning curve involved.”

Martin received her undergraduate degree in technology teacher education and Master of Science Technology from Mississippi State University. She is currently on track to complete course work for her Education Specialist degree.

Martin, a native of Lincoln County, is a graduate of West Lincoln Attendance Center. She and her husband, David, are the parents of one son, Eli.