Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has named Dr. Michael J. Heindl as vice president of the Jackson County Campus. Heindl replaces Dr. Jason V. Pugh, who was named vice president of instruction, student services and related technologies in March 2011.
Heindl, a Hinds Community College graduate, attorney and graduate of the Community College Leadership doctoral program at Mississippi State University, was formerly the dean of students at the Ridgeland Campus of Hinds Community College. He began his career at Hinds Community College as a district director for admissions and records with responsibility for 10,000 students at the time.
After working at the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges as a program specialist for a brief period, he returned to Hinds as the dean of students.
A talented musician, Heindl has participated in many community and civic activities including serving on the board of directors for the Chamber of Flowood and on the planning committee for the Jackson Heartwalk.
He received his juris doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., and completed his undergraduate studies at Mississippi College. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children Taryn, 15, Harrison, 7 and Nicholas, 5.
In a separate item, Dr. Jay Allen has been named vice president of the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Allen’s predecessor, Dr. Mary Graham, will move into the college president’s office July 1.
Allen, who began his new position June 1, was formerly the dean of Enrollment Services at Hinds Community College.
Allen is active in the community with various volunteer efforts and community groups. In addition to being a well-known presenter at national professional associations, he has received several honors including being named to the Mississippi Top 40 under 40 by Mississippi Business Journal. He completed the 2010-2011 Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy, received the 2009 3E Award for Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment at Hinds Community College and was named the college’s Most Outstanding Non-Teaching Professional in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
He and his wife, Belinda, have two children, Emma Grace, 8 and Mollianne, 3.
He earned a doctorate from the University of Mississippi, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Mississippi State University and his associate degree from Hinds Community College.