Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Michael Heindl (left) and Board of Trustees Chairman, Dr. Adam Pugh congratulate Dr. Tonyalle Rush on her promotion to associate vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management. Rush was introduced to the board during their regular monthly meeting Oct. 17. Photo by Julie Bauer
Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Michael Heindl has announced that Dr. Tonyalle Rush has been named the college’s associate vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management. Rush, who currently serves as district director of the Beverly Brewer Stark Career Center, will assume her new duties Nov. 4.
“I am excited about Dr. Rush’s promotion to this position, and I know she will continue in this great work of leading our Northwest Student Services Division,” said Heindl.
Rush replaces Dan Smith as head of the college’s Student Services Division, which encompasses Recruiting, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Development Center, Housing and Student Services/Activities. Smith will move to a full-time role as the college’s chief of Staff.
“I am truly honored and excited to serve as the new leader of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Northwest,” Rush said. “My mission in life is to serve our students. The students and their needs must come first. I am passionate about students, and I’m looking forward to serving in this leadership role.”
Rush has served as Career Center director in the Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education Division for one year, and previously served as evening programs director at Northwest’s DeSoto Center for over four years, where she led all aspects of the center—safety and security, instructional programming, auxiliary services, business services, and all student success offices. She came to Northwest in 2009 as a Career-Technical counselor for DeSoto Center.
Rush earned her Doctor of Education with an emphasis in higher education from the University of Mississippi, and holds a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies and Master of Science in counselor education from Mississippi State University (MSU). She also earned a graduate certificate in psychology from Western New Mexico University.
Before coming to Northwest, Rush worked as a testing coordinator in Disability Support Services, an intake counselor in Student Services and a counselor at MSU. While she was a student at MSU, she served as a peer counselor at Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and as a student assistant in Student Support Services. Since coming to Northwest, Rush has taught human growth and development, psychology and orientation as an adjunct instructor at the DeSoto Center.
Rush is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Mississippi Counselors Association, the Mississippi Community and Junior College Counselors Association, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society. She is a 2017 graduate of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy and a member of Women in Higher Education, Mississippi Network.
Rush is a native of Indianola, graduating from Gentry High School. Her parents, Tommie and Shelia Rush, still live there. Her mother, a retired educator with 31 years of service, inspired her to pursue education.
She has three siblings, Roderick, Shafonda and Tommie III and three nieces and two nephews. She enjoys reading and watching movies, attending MSU athletic events and participating in her church activities at Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven. She is also active in her sorority through community service projects such as voter registration.