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2021 Summer Data Virtual Conference
Emerging Stronger!

Wednesday, June 9th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, June 10th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thank you for your interest in attending SDC2021: Emerging Stronger! Participants should pre-register individually for this two-day event in order to receive a conference link. Please register individually for the event even if community viewing will occur at your campus. Visit this site often for updates to the conference agenda. The conference registration deadline is: TUESDAY, JUNE 8TH AT NOON. Please contact Davita Weary at: for more information.
Featured Presenters

Opening Keynote Address
Dr. Stevie Lawrence
Dr. Stevie L. Lawrence II is the vice president of postsecondary education at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). In this role, he leads postsecondary education initiatives that include the Academic Common Market, Doctoral Scholars Program, education data services and state authorization reciprocity agreements. He also provides leadership for efforts that support postsecondary state offices and institutions.

Lawrence joined SREB from Fort Valley State University in Georgia, where he was the founding dean of the University College. He also previously led student affairs and enrollment management. He has held positions at the University of North Carolina system, Shaw University, Virginia Union University and Halifax Community College. His background includes strategic leadership in academic affairs, specifically in student success and retention.

Dr. Lawrence earned a bachelor of arts degree from North Carolina A&T State University, a master of public administration from North Carolina Central and a doctor of philosophy in urban higher education from Jackson State University.


Closing Address
Dr. Jesse Smith
Dr. Jesse R. Smith was named the fifth president of Jones College in 2006. Smith accepted the presidency less than a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated large portions of South Mississippi and left Jones College with a nearly 25 percent enrollment decrease in her wake. Under his guidance, enrollment has risen, and the college currently has an enrollment of over 4600 students, employing over 400 staff and faculty.

During Smith’s tenure as president, he has overseen several construction projects including state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities and Jones Hall which opened in 2011 with energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and as home to the humanities and social science divisions. Additionally, he has overseen the renovation of McClellan Hall, home of the marketing and information technology departments, along with the addition of the Bobcat baseball and softball teams’ home field named Community Bank Park. He also spearheaded the institution’s name change to Jones College in 2018.

Throughout his career, Smith has received numerous honors, including the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction and Mississippi’s Top 40 under 40 Award. He has been named a fellow in the Educational Profession Fellowship Program and in the Mid-South Community College Fellowship Program. Additionally, he has served as the president of the Academic Deans Association of the Mississippi Junior/Community College System and as the chair of the Mississippi Association of Community College Presidents. In 25 years at Jones College, he has held several campus positions including business instructor, academic dean, dean of instructional affairs, dean of the college, and has served as the campus’s chief executive for the past 13 years.

Smith graduated from Jones County Junior College, and then furthered his education at the University of Mississippi where he earned both his bachelor and master’s degrees in business administration. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Smith and his wife, Jennifer, live on campus and are the proud parents of Conner, a sophomore at Jones College, and Mary Kate, a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. The Smiths are active members of First Baptist Church of Ellisville MS.
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