Council on Community Engagement

Dr. Nylander chartered the University’s first ever Council on Community Engagement (COCE) in October of 2012. COCE was founded to institutionalize community engagement at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Nylander’s hiring as the University’s first ever director of Community Engagement formalized the creation of COCE. 

Dr. Nylander chaired COCE from October 2012 to August 2018. It has broad responsibility for advancing community-engaged research, learning, and service and engaged scholarship for the University of Mississippi (UM) on all its campuses and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. COCE, now under the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, continues to fulfill its purpose by recommending improvements in systems, structures, and support for community engagement and engaged scholarship. Members of COCE represent different Colleges and Schools, departments, and other institutions on campus. UM’s mission is to transform lives, communities, and the world by providing opportunities for the people of Mississippi and beyond through excellence in learning, discovery, healthcare, and engagement.

Council Representatives for 2017-2018 (Dr. Nylander’s last year serving at its chair):

Dr. Albert Nylander (Chair)

Director, McLean Institute

Professor of Sociology


Dr. Laura Antonow

Director of Office of College Programs


Dr. Melissa Bass

Associate Professor of Public Policy Leadership


Derek Cowherd

Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support


Dr. Clay Dibrell

Professor of Management

William W. Gresham, Jr. Entrepreneurial Lecturer

Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Dr. Phillis George

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education


Dr. John Green

Professor of Sociology

Director of the Center for Population Studies


Dr. David H. Holben

Professor of Nutrition and Hospitality Management


Dr. Erin Holmes

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration


Forrest A. Jenkins

Research Counsel, University of Mississippi Low-Income Housing Clinic


Jean Robinson

Interim Director, Office of International Programs


Dr. Sarah Moses

Assistant Professor of Religion


Dr. Jo Ann O’Quin

Professor Emerita of Social Work


Dr. Patrick Perry

Director, Luckyday Residential College


Jennifer Saxon

Assistant Athletics Director for Student Development


Hal Sullivan

Office of Leadership and Advocacy 


Dr. Ellen Shelton

Executive Director, Office of Pre-College Programs


Dr. Alice Steimle

Associate Director, Center for Math and Science Education

Instructional Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction


Jocelyn Tipton

Assistant Dean for Public Services and Associate Professor


Dr. Kristine Willett

Chair of BioMolecular Sciences

Professor of Pharmacology & Environmental Toxicology


Dr. Debra Young

Associate Dean of the Honors College


Brady Ruffin

Undergraduate – Student Activities


Chelsea Loper

Graduate – ASB Senator


McLean Staff


Laura Martin

Assistant Director


Dr. JR Love

Project Manager


Janae Owens

Program Coordinator


Shannon Curtis

VISTA Leader


Edy Dingus

VISTA Leader


Virginia Dorris

Horizons VISTA


Arlanda Washington

Administrative Assistant


Robert Patterson

Masters Student in Health Promotion

CEED Innovation Fellow


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