- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Ricky Ford has been named the new president of Northeast Mississippi Community College.

The former basketball coach will succeed Johnny Allen, who is retiring June 30 after 11 years as president.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1zJ7vek ) the school’s Board of Trustees approved the hire during a called meeting Tuesday.

Ford, a 1975 Northeast graduate, became the school’s head women’s basketball coach in 1981 and amassed 588 wins over 30 seasons. He will be inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in July.

Ford has also served as athletics director, admissions counselor, dean of students and is currently executive vice president.

Ford says he’s honored the board has entrusted him with leading the school into a new era.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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