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Johnson earns Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

NaTunya Johnson, Holmes Community College’s District Department Chair for the Business Technology program, recently earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her dissertation was titled, “Continuous Enrollment Experiences of Nontraditional Career and Technical Education Students at the Community College.”  The research focused on understanding the collegiate experiences to decrease CTE students’ chances of dropping out of college and contribute to the retention scholarship in higher education.

A native of Jackson, Dr. Johnson obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Mississippi State University in 1996 and a MBA from Delta State University in 2009. She first joined the Holmes family as a full-time instructor for Business Technology in 2010. Shortly after, she obtained her Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty in 2013.

Prior to working at Holmes, Dr. Johnson was a corporate trainer for 12 years at the State of Mississippi Employees’ Health Plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. Respectively, Dr. Johnson became a Certified Professional Trainer in Workplace Learning and Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, which endorsed her with core competencies in adult learning, organizational dynamics, team-building and change management.

Dr. Johnson has received several professional awards and honors: 2017 Mississippi Business Journal’s (MBJ) Top 10 Leading Business Women in Mississippi, 2016 Lamplighter for Holmes Community College, 2016 Mississippi Business Journal’s (MBJ) 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi, 2016 Community College Business Educator of the Year, and 2014 Rookie Educator of the Year.

Professionally, Dr. Johnson is a member of the Mississippi Business Educators Association, American Academy of Professional Coders, and the American Health Information Management Association.  She actively volunteers in her community through her affiliations with the Junior Auxiliary of Madison County, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc. and Anderson United Methodist Church.

Dr. Johnson resides in Ridgeland with her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Nadya.

To learn more about the Holmes Business Technology program, contact Dr. Johnson at or (601) 605-3330.


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