Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Hal Higdon is chancellor of the Ozarks Technical Community College System and president of the OTC Springfield Campus. In these roles, Dr. Higdon oversees the strategic direction of the institution and works to strengthen its resources and funding. Prior to his time at OTC, Dr. Higdon served 13 years in administration with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He also worked in human resources and workforce training at Alabama’s Faulkner State Community College and spent several years in private business.
Throughout his career, Dr. Higdon has been heavily involved in a variety of community service organizations. He currently serves as vice president for the Board of Directors of CoxHealth Systems and as treasurer of the Burrell Behavioral Health Board. He also serves on the Phi Theta Kappa Advisory Board, and he is a member of the Junior League of Springfield’s Community Advisory Council and Springfield’s Downtown Rotary Club.
Dr. Higdon previously served as vice-chairman of economic development for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was a member of the Springfield Business Development Corporation and the Community Relations Board of the U. S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. Dr. Higdon also served as chair of the Presidents and Chancellors Council of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), which represents community college interests in the state legislature and professional and governmental agencies.
Born in Decatur, Alabama, Dr. Higdon holds a degree in business from the University of Alabama and a master’s and Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Southern Mississippi.