Educational Leadership Alumnus named Community College President

Tuesday, May 8, 2018



The Northwest Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Michael J. Heindl as the college’s ninth president. He will assume office July 1 following the retirement of Dr. Gary Lee Spears, who has served as president since 2005.

A native of Clinton, Heindl, 44, currently serves as executive vice president of Administration and Finance at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) in Perkinston.

“I’m very honored and privileged to be able to serve the institution at this important time,” said Heindl. “I’ve spent numerous years in the community college system working toward a day like this.  My wife and I are excited to be Rangers, and we look forward to moving our family to Senatobia.”

Heindl, a community college graduate, will bring with him to Northwest experience in a number of areas, including finance, technology, legal issues, human resources, emergency management, campus leadership, student services, workforce training and admissions. In addition to his administrative experience, he has 16 years of teaching experience at both the community college and graduate levels.

He holds a Ph.D. in community college leadership from Mississippi State University (2011), a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University (2001), a B.S. in psychology from Mississippi College (1997), and an Associate of Arts in general studies/music from Hinds Community College (1994).

Active in a number of professional groups and community organizations, Heindl is currently president-elect of the Community College Business Officers Association (CCBO), where he received the Outstanding Chief Business Officer Award in 2015.

He and his wife, the former Jennifer Ingram, have three children—Taryn, 22, Harrison, 14 and Nicholas, 12—and one grandson, Jayson, 3. Jennifer is an ER nurse currently pursuing her master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner.


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