• GULFPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CHAIR, JONATHAN WOODWARD, PH.D

    MS GULF COAST- The Gulfport Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2019 Chair, Dr. Jonathan Woodward, Executive Vice President of Teaching & Learning and Community Campus for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

    Jonathan Woodward began a career as a singer/guitarist and stepped into the realm of music leadership during his high school years.  He worked at Gulfport School District, First Baptist Church Gulfport, Crosspoint Church, MGCCC’s Jackson County (JC) Campus, and MGCCC’s Jefferson Davis (JD) Campus.

    Dr. Woodward holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), including a Community College Leadership Certificate.  He also earned a master of music education and bachelor of music education degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi with a double emphasis in vocal/choral music and classical guitar/instrumental music.

    Before coming to MGCCC, he taught and supervised choral music at West Elementary School, Central Middle School, Bayou View Middle School, and Gulfport High School, which are in Gulfport School District.  While serving in Gulfport School District, he was honored as Teacher of the Year at West Elementary and was awarded several grants, including the America’s Unsung Heroes Award.  Gulfport High School was named Mississippi’s Best Fine Arts Department in 2002-2003 while he was the Choral Director at Gulfport High School.

    Starting as an instructor at MGCCC in 2004, Dr. Woodward served as the choral director, gave private music lessons (guitar and voice) and taught various music classes.  Dr. Woodward assumed leadership as the Department Chair of the Fine Arts Department in 2006 on the Jackson County (JC) Campus of MGCCC.  In 2008, he was named the Dean of Instruction for the JC Campus and served in that role for six years.  The Association of Educational Office Professionals (AEOP) honored him as MGCCC’s Administrator of the Year for 2013-2014, and he was named the JC Campus Administrator of the Year by AEOP in 2011-2012 and 2013-2014.  In 2013, he was named the Vice President of the Jefferson Davis Campus, the Naval Construction Battalion Center, and the Keesler Center for MGCCC.  In 2018, Dr. Woodward became MGCCC’s Executive Vice President of Teaching & Learning and Community Campus.

    Outside of school, Dr. Woodward has a variety of interests.  He serves as the Chair on the Board of Directors for the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce (2019), Board of Trustees for Goodwill of South Mississippi (2019), member of the Gulf Coast Business Council (GCBC), graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast, graduate of the GCBC Master’s Class, and current member of Leadership Mississippi.  He is also a recipient of the One Coast Top 10 Under 40 Award and Phi Theta Kappa International’s Distinguished Administrator Award. 

    Dr. Woodward is actively involved in Crosspoint Church in Gulfport, MS, and serves as the Worship Pastor – a church he helped start in 2004.   Dr. Woodward regularly presents to organizations about current generational trends, technology, and leadership (e.g., SACSCOC, AERA, AACC, etc…).  He has written several plays and enjoys composing, arranging, and performing music.
    His most valued passion is his faith and family. Dr. Woodward lives in Biloxi with his wife, Eilene, and three children Jude (10), Levi (7), and Eden (1½).

    Others serving on the 2019 Gulfport Chamber Board of Directors are:

    Casey Lyons: Past Chair,  Gulfport - Biloxi International Airport
    Ryan Goldin: Chair Elect,  Florence Gardens, LLC
    Hannah Burnett Yawn: Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
    Amy Haygood: Vice Chair of Finance, Trustmark National Bank
    Deborah McGhee: Vice Chair of Education,            McGhee Realty
    Andrew Ratcliffe: Vice Chair of Military Affairs,  1108th TASMG, MSARNG
    Tom Wade: Vice Chair of Small Business & Economic Development,  Gulf States Engineering
    John Payton Hood: Vice Chair of Governmental Affairs, Hancock Whitney Bank
    Nikki Johns: Vice Chair of Membership,  AGJ Systems & Networks, Inc.
    Jesse  Alvarez:  Vice Chair of Communications and Marketing,  Alpha Media
    Paul Buchanan: The Peoples Bank
    Ken Cole: Holiday Inn
    Mildrey Egües: Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Co.
    Randy Richardson: Misssissippi Power Company
    Jennifer Lee: Island View Casino Resort
    Sophie Nord: The Chimneys
    Julia Clarke:  American Medical Response
    Micahel Pocchiari: Garden Park Medical Center
    Trey Lacy: BancorpSouth
    Keith Williams, Jr.: Community Bank
    Lindsey Shelton: The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus                   
    Johnny Olsen:  LPK Architects, P.A.
    Russell Young: The First, A National Banking Association
    Regina Wood:  BancorpSouth
    Dawn Lieck: Speedy Cash
    Chris Estrade: Hancock Whitney Bank
    Kristina Norton: IP Casino Resort & Spa
    Cedric Bradley: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
    Emily Sham: Two Men & a Truck

    Ex Officios: 

    Ryan Labadens:
    Naval Construction Battalion Center 
    Chris Vignes: Public Information Officer, City of Gulfport 
    Chris Ryle: Deputy Chief of Police, City of Gulfport 

    For more information regarding the 2019 Board of Directors of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, visit mscoastchamber.com or call 228-604-0014.

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