- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DECATUR, Miss. (AP) - Former East Central Community College President Eddie M. Smith died Monday at his home in Decatur, following a lengthy illness. He was 71.

School officials announced his death in a news release Monday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Smith led the community college from 1985 to 2000 and was his alma mater’s its sixth president.

Smith’s tenure was marked with an increase in enrollment, new program offerings, campus facilities and workforce education and training. The Student Union Building was named for Smith.

A graduate of Noxapater High School, Smith received an associate’s degree from ECCC and earned bachelor and master degrees from Mississippi State University, and a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; and two daughters.

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