The American Association of Women in Community Colleges today named Dr. Jana Causey as one of the organization’s Top 40 under 40.
She was presented the award during the AAWCC convention in New Orleans.
“Pearl River Community College is extremely proud of this recognition that Dr. Jana Causey has earned from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “This award recognizes the next generation of community college leadership from institutions around the country. To be included in this small number of honorees is an outstanding tribute to Dr. Causey and her abilities and is an honor for our institution.”
Causey is vice president for PRCC’s Forrest County operations.
She was nominated for the honor by Dr. Amanda Parker, assistant vice president for Forrest County Operations, who wrote,
“For the past eight years, I have had the privilege to work in the community college setting under the supervision of Dr. Causey. She served as my department chair in which she always encouraged and supported me, but perhaps most importantly, she has served as a mentor throughout my career who has helped mold me into the individual I am today. Dr. Causey strives to be a role model for women in leadership roles.
“In a short 11 years, Dr. Causey has moved from the role of biology instructor to vice president. In each position she has demonstrated the dedication and involvement it takes to blossom in the community college setting. As campus vice president, she promotes and encourages faculty and staff. She has high expectations, strong integrity, and works hard every day.”
Causey received an associate’s degree from PRCC where she played softball and basketball and was homecoming queen. She earned the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She began her teaching career at North Forrest High School before coming to PRCC in 2006 as a biology and anatomy and physiology instructor. She served as instructional area coordinator, then department chair for the Forrest County Center science department. She was named assistant vice president for Forrest County Operations in July 2013 and vice president two years later.
Causey has received the Alumnus Appreciation Award from Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and has completed the Pine Belt Leadership Program, PRCC Leadership Program and the Mississippi State Community College Leadership Academy. She is a member of several professional organizations. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she coaches youth basketball and softball, teaches a college Sunday school class and has been on the board of the Petal Children’s Taskforce for 15 years.
She and her husband, Chris, live in Petal and have two children, Eli and Kate.
Dr. Jana Causey was honored by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges on Monday, April 24, at the national convention in New Orleans. She is shown with Dr. Adam Breerwood, incoming PRCC president, and Dr. William Lewis, president of PRCC.