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Colleen Hartfield of Raymond, vice president for Community Relations and Governmental Affairs at Hinds Community College, was presented the Leadership Award from the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network  at the annual convention on Feb. 19.

The WHEMN Leadership Award honors an actively employed woman who serves as a role model for women of all ages and career paths. WHEMN membership includes public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Mississippi.

The recipient is a woman recognized for her advocacy of women’s issues, noted for her innovative approach to leadership challenges. Her attitude, values and actions represent her philosophy of how she inspires positive changes in her work environment and her community.

Hartfield has been vice president at Hinds since July 2006 and was previously vice president at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Public Relations director at Hinds. She has worked at Mississippi community colleges for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of the Mississippi State University Community College Leadership Program and the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

Part of her role is serving in a statewide capacity coordinating advocacy efforts and events for the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

“Colleen has offered visionary leadership in her role of presenting Hinds Community College in the best light possible. She also provides a high level of expertise in helping the college in managing governmental affairs,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “I am so pleased to see her get the recognition she deserves from other women involved in higher education in Mississippi.”

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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