Dr. Tonsha Emerson has been named the director of the Division of Nursing and Allied Health at East Mississippi Community College. She assumed the post July 1, 2018.
Emerson, an Associate Degree Nursing instructor at EMCC before she was promoted, has worked at the college for more than 17 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Mississippi University for Women and attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, where she was awarded degrees in Master of Science Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice. After graduating from MUW, she accepted a job at Riley Memorial Hospital in Meridian, where she was exposed to patients with mental health issues while caring for their medical needs. She is also credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
She is married to Jeff Emerson. The couple resides in Caledonia with their two children, Kylie and Jeremy. She is the daughter of C.B. and Willie Mae Lard of Collinsville.