The Holmes Community College 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient is Danny R.
Chandler of Madison.
A native of Columbus, Chandler attended Oakwood University in Tennessee right out of high school and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Upon graduation, he continued his education at Mississippi State University with post-graduate studies in statistics. In 1989, Chandler came to Holmes and earned an Associate of Arts degree. A year later, he completed the Emergency Medical Technician certificate.
Chandler is thankful that Holmes helped lead him into a profession he has now worked in for 27 years. He is still severing as an EMT for American Medical Response in Jackson and surrounding areas. Not only is Chandler an EMT, but he is also a licensed realtor for CPA Reality, LLC.
As a way to honor Holmes, Chandler has chosen to set up a scholarship in memory of his sister, Francine Chandler. She was interested in early childhood education and worked in childcare for more than 20 years. Before she could open her own daycare, she was diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer in the fall of 2003.
The Francine Chandler Childhood Education Scholarship (FCCES) was endowed this year. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in child development who is an in-state resident with at least a 2.0 GPA.
Chandler is passionate about giving back. He founded Mississippi Friends of Oakwood College United Supporters (FOCUS) in 1996 which is a $50,000 scholarship program established to assist students from Mississippi who attend Oakwood University. So far, the program has supported more than 24 students. Chandler also implemented a $50,000 campaign to remodel the Child Development Lab at Oakwood University which is now named in his honor.
He and his wife of 31 years, Reta, have one child: Daniel R. Chandler, 24, who is also a Holmes alumnus. Chandler is a member of South Central Conference Executive Committee, president of Rose Scott Neighborhood Association and serves on the Board at Oakwood University.