Hulon Sims retiring at Co-Lin
After over 34 years in education, Copiah-Lincoln Community College President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2023. The announcement came at the college’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting.
“It has been a blessing for me to serve as the eighth president of Copiah-Lincoln Community College for the past five years,” said Hulon Sims. “I have been fortunate to have spent 23 years in various leadership roles at the college, but the pinnacle of my career has been serving as president of this incredible institution.”
Before becoming president of the college, Dr. Hulon Sims served as Vice President of the Wesson Campus, Vice President of Instructional Services, Academic Dean of Instruction, and Director of Planning and Research.
During her tenure as president, Co-Lin has seen new instructional programs, scholarships, services that have increased student success and graduation rates, construction and renovations on its three campuses, and creation of new partnerships with universities and business and industry in the Co-Lin district. The college has been ranked number one in the state for graduation rates and for student success and been named “A Great College to Work For” and an Aspen Top 150 Community College during her leadership. Both men’s and women’s soccer were reinstated (2020) and the Blue Wave Show Band grew to be the largest band in school history.
Construction projects during her tenure as president of the college included the installation of turf and a jumbotron at Stone Stadium (2019), an eight-court tennis complex (2020), a new president’s home (2020), a Career-Technical Building at the Simpson County Center (2020), a Diesel Lab on the Natchez Campus (2021), phase one of renovations at the Sullivan Baseball field (2023), and several campus beautification projects. Renovations at the college encompassed the Cosmetology lab (2020, bridge replacements on Wolf Hollow Golf Course (2021), The Wolf Den Grill and Smoothie Bar (2022), Fortenberry Career-Tech Building classrooms (2022), and PJ’s Coffee (2023).
“In addition to my gratitude to each board member, I would like to recognize and express my deep appreciation to my leadership team,” Hulon Sims said. “They share my desire for educational excellence on all campuses. Working along side them has been a joy and an honor.”
Dr. Hulon Sims is a member of numerous organizations, including the Mississippi Academic Officers Association (Past President), the Mississippi Association of Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges with Associate Degrees, American Association of University Women, Wesson Chamber of Commerce (past member of the Board of Directors), Brookhaven Rotary Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Wesson Garden Club.
She has served as a representative to the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation and was selected to serve on its Board of Trustees. She has participated in the Education Policy Fellowship Program, Leadership Jones County and Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy (MCCLA). Dr. Hulon Sims recieved the Phi Theta Kappa National Distinguished Administrator Award, Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award, Co-Lin’s High Performance Award, and was inducted into the Co-Lin Foundation Hall of Fame in 2022.
Dr. Hulon Sims is a graduate of Jones County Junior College, received both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern Mississippi, and earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Mississippi State University.
Dr. Hulon Sims is the proud mother of two sons, Will and Drew, and is married to Dennis Sims.