The graduation was held in the Hunter Henry Center on the campus of Mississippi State University.
The MCCLA is organized around the practical needs for future community college leaders,
specific to the Mississippi community college system. The program was developed in
2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community
"I'm so thankful that Dr. Haffey gave me the opportunity to attend this leadership academy," Diffey said. "Dr. (Howell) Garner does an amazing job with MCCLA, and he put together topics that will definitely help in my job here at Holmes.
"The networking aspect is huge for MCCLA," he added. "By bringing in people from the community college system and also some doctoral students from the four-year universities, MCCLA connects people from all different aspects of college business who have a vast knowledge of their areas. This helps you better understand what your coworkers do in their daily jobs and some of the challenges they face as well. MCCLA is a first-class event without a doubt."
Diffey came to Holmes in 1998 as the assistant director of the school's foundation and alumni. He became executive director of both offices in 1999 and remained in that position until 2002 when he joined the public information office as the assistant director. He became director of the office in 2004. He assumed the Associate A.D. role in Fall 2014.
Before coming to Holmes, Diffey worked in the newspaper business for five years - two in Winona at the Winona Times and three in McComb at the Enterprise-Journal. He holds an associate of arts degree from Holmes Community College, a bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Mississippi and a master's degree in educational leadership from Mississippi State University.
He and his wife, Stephanie, have five children, Ethan, Tyler, Noah, Jesse and Anna.
Previous MCCLA graduates from Holmes include: Diane Allgood, Mike Blankenship, Don Burnham, Martha Cofer, Stephanie Diffey, LaWanda Herron, Joye Jones, Luke Jones, Kay Kelly, Tonya Lawrence, Dwight Myrick, Bronwyn Martin, Slade Redwine, Larry Webster, Amy Whittington and Amy Wolgamott.