East Mississippi Community College has announced the promotions of Dr. Michael Busby and Dr. Jairus Johnson to fill two dean of instruction positions.
Busby is in charge of overall instruction at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus and the Lion Hills Center, while Johnson performs the same functions at the college’s Scooba campus.
They also supervise library staff and all faculty for both academic and career technical programs on their respective campuses. Additionally, they interact with students in advisory roles and oversee curriculum development.
Johnson has worked at EMCC as a biology instructor since 2004. In 2007, he assumed the additional role of Mathematics and Science Division chair. Johnson said the work he does in his new position is rewarding.
A native of York, Alabama, Johnson is a graduate of the former Sumter County High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of West Alabama, where he also completed his Master of Arts in Teaching. He earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Johnson resides in Collinsville with his wife, Dr. Renyetta Johnson, who is a Career Technical Education support services coordinator for EMCC. The couple has a daughter, Jaida, 6, and a son, Jairus II, age 1.
Busby has worked at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus since 2016, where he was an associate dean of instruction for the Career Technical Education division before he assumed his new position. Prior to that, he worked as an instructor and administrator for Mississippi State University, where he held various titles, including that of manager of Online Instruction.
Busby was born and raised in West Point and is a graduate of West Point High School. He attended Itawamba Community College to be on the tennis team and transferred to Mississippi State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business. He went on to earn both a master’s degree in Education and a doctorate in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development from MSU. He is also a certified U.S. Professional Tennis Registry Instructor.
Busby resides in West Point with his wife, Melanie Busby, who is a former high school mathematics instructor and counselor. The couple has a daughter, Macey, age 12.