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Dr. Jan Reid-Bunch of Saltillo, dean of Academic Instruction at Itawamba Community College since 2003, has received the 2012 Women in Higher Education – Mississippi Network Leadership award. “The award is presented to an individual who has made significant professional contributions in her field and who is recognized statewide as a leader of exceptional ability,” said Amy Tuck, WHEMN conference coordinator and special assistant to the president of Mississippi State University. “Dr. Jan Reid-Bunch is an outstanding representative of Women in Higher Education – Mississippi Network. The WHEMN organization congratulates her upon her selection as the honoree of the 2012 Leadership Award of Women in Higher Education – Mississippi Network.” The award was established to recognize women who have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to the advancement of women in higher education. Among the criteria for selection are mentoring, established practices of enhancing campus climate by finding ways and means to inspire colleagues and institutions to higher levels of achievement, being a role model for all women of all ages and career paths, an advocate of women’s issues, innovative approaches to leadership challenges and the inspiration of positive changes in work environment and community. Bunch’s educational background includes the bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women, master’s degree from the University of Mississippi and doctorate degree from Mississippi State University. Previously she served as director of choral activities (1992-2001) and assistant to the President of Holmes Community College (1999-2003). Her current memberships include Mississippi Network of Women in Higher Education (public relations chair – one year), MACJC Academic Officers’ Association and the CREATE Foundation Education Workforce Committee. She is a former member of the Mississippi Association of Institutional Researchers (treasurer – two years), Southern Association of Community College Researchers, Mississippi Corridor Consortium Management Committee, Garden Park Homeowner’s Association and Itawamba Attendance Center Advisory Council. Her community involvement includes member of New Expectations for Women in Mississippi – NEWMS – CREATE Foundation, Lee County Community Development Foundation, member of Harrisburg Baptist Church and its adult sanctuary choir, Fulton Rotary Club, Fulton Civic Club (past president), Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs (2009 District III Convention general chairman), Itawamba Attendance Center PTO, Itawamba Symphony Society and advocate and fund raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Among her honors and awards are Outstanding Young Women of America, Mississippi Community College Fellowship Program, Mississippi Community College Faculty Lamplighter for Excellence, Fellow in Education Policy Fellowship Program, American Association of Community Colleges Future Leaders Institute, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Women at Work, Community Development Foundation Jim Ingram Leadership Institute, AACC Teaching by Choice Leadership Summit Task Force, Mississippi Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40,” AACC National Convention presenter, Leadership Mississippi and JDRF 2009 Walk for a Cure Bronze award. The award was presented during the 2012 WHEMN Spring Leadership Conference at Mississippi State University. Also attending from ICC were President Dr. David Cole; Dr. Betsy Chesnutt, Jada Mills, Jennifer Cooper, Tasha Thames, all of Fulton; Mande Miller, Dr. Janae Hagan, Dana Hale, all of Saltillo; Diann Nichols of Golden; Dr. Bronson Prochaska of Mantachie; Emily Tucker of Guntown; Beth Tuck and Amy Cappleman, both of Tupelo.