Bringing the combination of Meridian roots and passion for the arts, Susie Johnson will take the reins of Meridian Community College’s Arts & Letters Series as director of the signature entertainment program at MCC.
In announcing Johnson’s selection, MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said Johnson is the perfect addition to the MCC family. “She is a well-respected member of the arts community in Meridian and brings a strong sense of vision, energy and enthusiasm to everything she does,” he said.
“I am confident her leadership will be transformative, and I look forward to watching it unfold,” Dr. Huebner added.
Johnson comes to the College after serving as executive director and education director of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. She is the founding director of Stage 2, a local theater group geared to teens and was youth director for the Meridian Little Theatre. Also, Johnson was the recipient of the statewide Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Exemplary Arts Service Award and serves on the board of directors for MAAE as well as serving on the Community Arts Team for the Any Given Child initiative.
She graduated from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, and received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Johnson and her husband Joel are the parents of Jenna, Benjamin and K.K. The trio comprise the musical group Track 45.
Johnson looks forward to her new career journey. “What a privilege to join the MCC family as it continues to invest in the lives of ‘its own’ as well as those in the entire community,” she said, adding, “there’s no place that better represents the way we should build, strengthen and enrich relationships.”
MCC Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Thompson joined Dr. Huebner in welcoming Johnson. “I am excited to have someone of Susie’s caliber oversee our Arts & Letters program and looking forward to seeing her lead our program in new directions,” he added.
A long-time community favorite, MCC’s Arts & Letters Series has been offering a wide variety of affordable and quality entertainment since the mid-1970s. The season traditionally runs during the academic year.