Reed named dean of the DeSoto Center

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SENATOBIA, MS (09/27/2018) On Aug. 27, Northwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Michael Heindl announced that DeSoto Center Associate Dean Keith Reed has been named dean of the DeSoto Center in Southaven. Reed has served as associate dean since July 2014.

Former DeSoto Center Dean Dr. Jeremy Isome returned to the Senatobia campus to serve as the dean of a new department, The Office of Early College Programs (OCEP).

"Dr. Reed is an accomplished leader and assumes the chief leadership role at Northwest's DeSoto Center at a critical time. His career-technical and workforce experience will be vital to the growth plan of the Center and I am pleased that he has assumed the dean role," Heindl said.

Reed recently completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. Reed, who graduated with associate degrees from both the Funeral Service Technology and Business Administration programs at DeSoto Center, came to Northwest as an adjunct instructor in 2005. Reed was a full-time instructor in the business division from 2006-2013. He became DeSoto Center's Career-Technical director in 2013.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Belhaven University and earned a Specialist in Community College Teaching designation from Arkansas State University in 2012. He was honored in 2009 with the "Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence" (HEADWAE) instructor award, and was the Outstanding Student in Funeral Service Technology when he was a student at Northwest. He was also on the National Dean's List and was an All-American Scholar. Before coming to Northwest, Reed worked extensively in the funeral service profession.

For more information about the DeSoto Center, visit the college's website at or call DeSoto Center at 662.342.1570.

Pictured: Northwest Mississippi President, Dr. Michael J. Heindl, right congratulates Dr. Keith Reed for being named dean of DeSoto Center in Southaven. Previously, Reed served as associate dean of DeSoto Center. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)