Second Chance Mississippi Welcomes Zach Scruggs as Executive Director

(left to right) Jennifer Whitlock of Meridian Community College with Dickie Scruggs and Zach Scruggs.
(left to right) Jennifer Whitlock of Meridian Community College with Dickie Scruggs and Zach Scruggs. Photo from

Second Chance Mississippi is pleased to announce that Zach Scruggs will assume the role as Executive Director.

Mr. Scruggs has been an advisor to Second Chance MS since the beginning and his passion and leadership in a formal role will take the foundation to the next level. His enthusiasm, energy and passion are an unbeatable combination. His focus for 2016 is to establish Second Chance MS as its own 501c3, ensure that it becomes self sustaining and implement a pilot program that recruits and retains adult students in Mississippi’s 15 community colleges.

“Zach is a quick learner and a hard worker. He will be an excellent Executive Director and I am glad he decided to return to Mississippi. Second Chance will grow rapidly with Zach’s energy and enthusiasm,” said Dr. Andrew Mullins, Jr., director of Mississippi Teacher Corps and serves as an advisor to Second Chance Mississippi.

Zach Scruggs is the son of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, founder of Second Chance MS. He shares his father’s passion to give hope to those adults in Mississippi who do not have a high school diploma or a skilled certification. This support will help adults received the employment credentials they need to earn a family sustaining wage.

Dickie Scruggs – Second Chance MS from Second Chance Mississippi on Vimeo.

Zach Scruggs said, “I am excited to be joining Second Chance Mississippi in a more direct and official capacity. I have been working with Second Chance and it’s collaborative Mississippi educators and leaders since it’s inception, so this is a natural transition for me. I have enjoyed traveling the State and meeting with Mississippi’s exceptional community college adult educators and students. Mississippi’s community colleges have one the best adult education and work skills programs in the Country. Our joint mission is to increase participation and graduation rates for the 400,000 adult Mississippians without a high school diploma or a good paying job. I look forward to continuing to work with Mississippi’s community colleges, elected officials, and business leaders to significantly increase adult education and employment in Mississippi.”

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  1. My heart is smiling. I have so much respect for the two of you. You guys are changing lives and touching the future.


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