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Dr. Bronwyn Martin honored with Shelton Award

Holmes Community College Director of Marketing Dr. Bronwyn Presley Martin received the 2023 Shelton Award.

“Having known the Sheltons, I am especially honored and humbled to receive this meaningful recognition from my peers,” Dr. Martin said. “Mr. Paul is a precious man, and I have been blessed to get to know him and his family over the years. Watching him care for Mrs. McCrea with such love and adoration while she was ill was a beautiful testimony of God’s grace and mercy.” Dr. Martin is a native of Pickens and the daughter of Ann Presley Brunson of Ridgeland and the late Dr. John Rhett Presley, Sr. “The college has always been a part of my life,” Dr. Martin said. “I grew up within a few miles from the Goodman Campus. Daddy played football at Holmes (#73, tackle) and loved sharing fond memories about his time at the College,” Dr. Martin said.

While she was raised in Holmes County, Dr. Martin has now resided in Madison County for 17 years; she is proudly anchored to Holmes’ district.

“Living and working in our community provides me with a tremendous sense of understanding of our employee and consumer needs,” Dr. Martin said.

Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Master of Arts in higher education and student personnel from The University of Mississippi. After college, she started her career in higher education as a career planning specialist/instructor with The University Mississippi Career Center. In 2006, she joined the Holmes family as an ABE/GED instructor before transitioning into the role of workforce development coordinator where she served Madison County employers for seven years.

“Giving back to the community that has been part of my life and given so much to me is incredibly fulfilling,” Dr. Martin said.

Since 2014, she has served as Holmes’ director of marketing and recruiting, and she will soon begin the next chapter in her career. Effective July 1, 2024, she will act as the vice president of the Ridgeland Campus.

“I am excited about leveraging my network in Madison County to build and strengthen relationships with key constituents, policy makers and decision makers for Holmes Community College’s future growth and development,” Dr. Martin said. A milestone in her higher education journey was attaining her Doctor of Education (2022) from Delta State University. She is proud to have also invested her efforts in leadership development opportunities, including the Mississippi Community College Leadership Program, Leadership Madison County and the Community College Policy Fellows Program (CPFP). One of her most cherished recognitions was being recognized for the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished College Administrator Award (2023) for working with student leaders to solve problems on campus and in our communities. Dr. Martin has been involved in numerous professional and civic organizations over the years such as American Advertising Federation, American Society of Training and Development, Capital Area Human Resource Association, Junior League of Jackson and Mississippi Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers.

“Giving back to the community that has been part of my life and given so much to me is incredibly fulfilling,” Dr. Martin said. “It is a blessing to help others succeed while strategically aligning my career path to promote progress in our communities. It has been an honor to pay it forward to prospective and current students, workforce trainees, graduates and community members by meeting their needs in different stages of my career. As a firm believer in God’s word, Proverbs 16:3 tells us to, ‘Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will succeed.’”

Dr. Martin resides in Madison, is married to Brandon, and has two children, Presley (16) and Hudson (12). She is a member of Madison Methodist Church. When she is not working or at one of the children’s sporting events, she is often found patronizing OrangeTheory Fitness or working in her yard.


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national origin, sex, age, disability or genetic information in its educational programs and activities,
employment practices, or admissions processes. The following administrators have been designated to handle
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Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI, ADEA, and Title IX are coordinated by the Vice President for
Compliance and Institutional Research, Henry B. McClellan Administration Building, Post Office Box 369,
Goodman, MS 39079, Phone: 662-472-9429,

Inquiries regarding compliance with Section 504 and ADA are coordinated by the Disability Student Services
Coordinator, M.R. Thorne Vocational-Technical Building, Room 110, Post Office Box 369, Goodman, MS 39079,
Phone: 662-472-9088,
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