MC hires Robbins, McCraney

Ginger Turner Robbins

Mississippi College’s new registrar, Ginger Turner Robbins, will bring extensive administrative experience after serving in a similar post at Hinds Community College.

Robbins has worked as district registrar and director of admissions and records since October 2006 at the Raymond-based two-year college.

Robbins will work closely in a transition process with retiring MC registrar Cathy Van Devender, who will step down in July.

A 1989 Hinds graduate, Robbins received a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from Mississippi State University, a master’s in recreational therapy from the University of South Alabama and completed coursework on a doctorate in human capital development at the University of Southern Mississippi. Shortly, she will begin work on her doctoral thesis at USM.

Robbins, who grew up in Raymond, is a graduate of Raymond High School. She also worked as publications coordinator/administrative assistant at Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., from 2003 until 2006. She served as director of workforce training projects at Hinds Community College in 2006 before becoming district registrar. Robbins also spent 2003-2004 as a fitness instructor and membership services director at the YMCA of South Alabama in Mobile.

Robbins comes to the Clinton campus with solid MC connections. She is married to Lt. Col. Danny Robbins, who is well known for his outstanding service with ROTC programs at both Mississippi College and Hinds Community College. The couple resides in Canton.

Steve McCraney

In a separate item, a Clinton resident who is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Steve McCraney will serve as the new director of the Department of Public Safety at Mississippi College. When McCraney goes to work June 1, the 47-year-old Mississippian will bring an extensive background in the military and public safety to the post at his alma mater.

A Jackson native who grew up in Edwards, he will also teach homeland security classes in the administration of justice program on the Clinton campus.

A full-time Mississippi National Guard leader, McCraney has served as commander of the 47th Civil Support Team in Jackson since 2008.

A 2000 MC alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in the administration of justice, he brings a wealth of experience in crisis planning, response and management. McCraney presently serves as the weapons of mass destruction expert and advisor to Mississippi’s adjutant general.

A 1994 graduate of Hinds Community College in Raymond, he’s worked as a police officer at the two-year college and with the Raymond Police Department. Other experience ranges from an officer with the Mississippi Department of Corrections to service as a deputy sheriff with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

McCraney will succeed retiring Department of Public Safety director Jerald Sherman, who is stepping down May 31 after 16 years of service.

McCraney, and his wife, Sandra, a registered nurse at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, have two sons, Craig, a football player at Hinds Community College, and Haiden, a sophomore at Clinton High.

Sherman and his wife, Kay, have two daughters and seven grandchildren.

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