Holmes Community College’s Director of Financial Aid Clate Holleman, Ed.D. and Director of Health Science Programs Ginger Meriwether, MSN, recently graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy.
The MCCLA is organized around the practical needs for future community college leaders, specific to the Mississippi community college system. The program was developed in 2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community college system.
Holleman joined the Holmes family two years ago. Prior to his position at Holmes, he worked as a financial aid administrator at Belhaven and the University of Mississippi.
Holleman earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in higher education and a doctorate in education from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the Mississippi Association of Financial Aid Administration (MASFAA), the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administration (SASFAA) and the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Holleman’s hobbies include playing golf, playing guitar and collecting coins, and he is also a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Jackson. He and his wife, Virginia, have two sons: John (3) and Ben (8 months).
Meriwether has served as director of health science programs for three years, but has been at Holmes for 14 years total. She previously served as an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) instructor. Prior to working at Holmes, she was employed by Grenada Lake Medical Center and Grenada Lake Medical Center Home Health Agency for eight years, was a school nurse for East Tallahatchie School District for two years and a charge nurse for North Sunflower Hospital for one year. She has also served as coroner/medical examiner investigator for Tallahatchie County for 16 years.
Meriwether holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Delta State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women and an Associate of Applied Science degree (ADN) from Holmes. She is president of the Mississippi Coroner and Medical Examiners Association (MSCMEA), a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) and a member of the Mississippi Community College Board Leadership Forum. She was also named Parent of the Year for the Grenada School District twice.
Meriwether is an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Grenada where she assists with youth activities, leads Vacation Bible School (VBS), sings in the choir and is an ensemble member. She is also a volunteer first responder for Cascilla Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and a member of New Century Book Club.
In her spare time, Meriwether enjoys being outdoors: hunting, fishing and gardening are some of her favorite hobbies and she processes and cans as much produce as possible every year. She loves listening to all styles of music, reading different genres of books and trying out new recipes. Most of all, she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family. Meriwether and her husband of 24 years, Al, have a daughter, Meredith (16), and a son, Will (13).
Previous MCCLA graduates from Holmes include: Diane Allgood, Dr. Alice Austin, Ryan Beggs, Dr. Mike Blankenship, Dr. Michelle Burney, Dr. Don Burnham, Martha Cofer, Dr. Kathryn Cox, Dr. Stephanie Diffey, Steve Diffey, Dr. LaWanda Herron, Dr. Joye Jones, Dr. Luke Jones, Kay Kelly, Dr. Tonya Lawrence, Dwight Myrick, Bronwyn Martin, Slade Redwine, Matt Surrell, Dr. Larry Webster, Dr. Amy Whittington and Dr. Amy Wolgamott.
For more information on MCCLA, visit https://www.mccb.edu/mccla.
IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured are (left to right) Holmes Community College’s Director of Health Science Programs Ginger Meriwether, MSN; President Dr. Jim Haffey and Director of Financial Aid Clate Holleman, Ed.D., following Meriwether and Holleman’s graduation from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy.