MARIANNA — Chipola College has named its new president.
The college’s Board of Trustees selected Dr. Jason Hurst as Chipola College president Thursday, a Chipola College news release stated. Hurst, the college’s former executive vice president, will assume his new role April 1.
“In my two years here, I have learned how much Chipola means to this community,” Hurst said in the release. “I look forward to working with the board, Chipola’s dedicated faculty and staff, and the community, to build on the strong traditions of excellence that have been established here.”
Hurst initially started at Chipola in 2011 as vice president of Baccalaureate and Workforce Development and was promoted to executive vice president in 2013.
Outgoing president Dr. Gene Prough, who became the college’s ninth president in 2002, retires March 31.
“It’s a happy and a sad time for me,” he said in the release. “I appreciate the community support that I have enjoyed over the years. I’ve been blessed with great employees and great friends.”
Hurst was one of two internal candidates. Chipola’s public relations director Dr. Bryan Craven was the other candidate. Hurst earned a doctorate from Mississippi State University in 2008, a Master of Education from Auburn University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Educations from Athens State University in 1997.her candidate.