16 Oct 2017

Ray selected for Distinguished Trojan Service Award

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Joe Ray is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Trojan Service Award. This prestigious award is given to an alumnus who has exhibited great loyalty, service, and commitment to Mississippi Delta Community College and the MDCC Alumni Association.

Ray was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Delta State University and did additional graduate work at Mississippi State University. He began his career at Mississippi Delta Junior College in 1970 when he was hired by Dr. J.T. Hall to work in admissions and recruiting. In July 1972 Ray became the director of financial aid and continued to work in admissions. During his tenure as director of financial aid he was responsible for establishing the President’s Scholarship which awards tuition and housing to students of high academic achievement. He also helped establish the MDCC Men’s Soccer Program. Joe was promoted to vice president of student affairs at Mississippi Delta Community College in June 2000. In his capacity as vice president, Ray supervised admissions, recruiting, financial aid services, and certified all degrees awarded to MDCC students. Under his leadership, the use of computer generated transcripts was implemented. After his retirement in 2012, Joe returned to MDCC in 2013 and worked until 2017 as a part-time employee in the Office of Admissions. He was a beloved and respected figure on the MDCC campus for forty-seven years.

Looking back, Joe said that he spent his entire working life at MDCC and always enjoyed working with the faculty and students. “It was fun coming to work.”

Ray also enjoys being involved in community service. He was a member of the Moorhead Rotary Club and coached with the Greenville Youth Soccer Program.

Joe and Donna, his wife of 36 years, live in Madison, Mississippi and are members of Pinelake Church. They are the parents of Beth Pate and Emily Damiens and have three grandchildren.

 

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