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2024 Statewide Data Conference
Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education
Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) Auditorium
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson MS 39211

Thursday, March 7th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, March 8th 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thank you for your interest in attending SDC2024: Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education! Participants must pre-register for this day and half event. Walk-in registrations are prohibited. The conference registration deadline is: FRIDAY, MARCH 1st. Registration is $50.00 per person. No cash or credit cards payments accepted. Please contact Dr. Angela Payne at: for more information.
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On July 1, 2015, Ricky G. Ford, a 1975 graduate of Northeast Mississippi College (Junior College at the time), became the school’s tenth president.

Dr. Ford joined the Northeast staff as the head women’s basketball coach and admissions counselor in 1981. During his tenure, the Lady Tigers won over 500 games, 15 North Division, nine State, and three Region 23 titles, as well as the 1987 National Championship.

Following his time on the sideline, Dr. Ford served Northeast as athletic director and dean of students before being named executive vice president in 2012.

Dr. Ford is a member of the Northeast Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges Hall of Fame and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. He is an avid runner and an advocate for physical fitness.

A veteran educator, Dr. Ford served as a teacher and head basketball coach at Booneville High School before accepting his first position at Northeast. He is a graduate of Pine Grove High School, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. Dr. Ford earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion and Culture degree from Christ's College Graduate School in 2019.

Dr. Ford and his wife LuAnne have four children; Aaron, Lauren, Suzanne and Ben and 12 grandchildren.


Registration Fee: $50  
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Please make checks payable to: Mississippi Community College Board and include the comment/reference: SDC2024 in order for the registration payment to be properly applied toward the event. Checks for registration payments can be presented in person by the pre-registered participants or mailed to: Mississippi Community College Board 3825 Ridgewood Road Jackson MS 39211 Attention: Accounts Receivable.

Who Should Attend?
  • Admissions Officer/Staff
  • Registrars
  • Institutional Researchers
  • Enrollment Professionals
  • Data Managers/Coordinators
  • IPEDS Keyholders
  • Other Data Science Professionals and Reporters

Who Is Attending?

Staff Access Only
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