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Dr. Mary S. Graham

Dr. Mary S. Graham
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Dr. Mary S. Graham was named the president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2011. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Graham earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM); her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees are from USM as well. As an MGCCC graduate and alumna, she embraces the philosophy of the community college and the rich tradition of excellence in education.

Since beginning her career in 1987 on the Jackson County Campus of MGCCC, she has held several administrative positions within the college including Director of Admissions/Registrar,
Director of Institutional Relations and Vice President of Community Campus. Dr. Graham also served as the Vice President of the Perkinston Campus for 13 years prior to being named
President of the second largest community college in Mississippi.

During Graham’s tenure as president of MGCCC, the college has been recognized as a Great College to Work For, and Aspen Institute ranked the college as one of the top 10 community
colleges in the United States. Additionally, the college has been named as a Top 100 Associate Degree Producer by Community College Week, a STEM Jobs Approved School, a Military
Friendly School, and a Fit Friendly Workplace.

Graham serves as chair for the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Presidents Association. She served as chair of the board of directors of the American Association
of Community Colleges (AACC) and is also the past president of COMBASE (an organization of college presidents committed to community engagement). Currently, Graham serves on the
following: member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Board – eSport, board of directors for the Gulf Coast Business Council, member of the Mississippi State Workforce
Investment Board (SWIB), board of directors for the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute (NDORI), Phi Theta Kappa Presidential Advisory Board, and board of directors for the
Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Graham has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including Top Influencer in Mississippi, Top 10 of the Mississippi Business Journal’s 50 Leading Business Women,
NCMPR Pacesetter Award Outstanding Community Leader by Sun Herald and Mississippi Business Journal, Stone County Educator of the Year, and Honorary Commander of the 81st
Training Wing for Keesler Air Force Base.

She is married to Wayne Graham, and they have three children: Sarah, Michael and Anna.