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Southern Business Magazine Lists MSCC President Dr. Glen Fenter as Top 10 “Difference Maker”

Dr. Glen Fenter, president of Mid-South Community College since its inception, has been recognized by Southern Business & Development magazine in its 11th Annual Top 10s Edition released in May.

Dr. Fenter made the Winter 2013 issue’s “Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South” list. Southern Business & Development, which covers news and initiatives in a 15-state area, is the South’s only comprehensive magazine devoted to economic development.

In the past two years, the publication has been quoted and/or featured on CNN, Time, AP, ABC News, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, The Huffington Post, Yahoo, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many other electronic media, as well as in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, USA Today and The New York Times.

In the “making a difference” section, Southern Business included Dr. Fenter with Dan DiMicco, executive chairman of Nucor Steel; entrepreneur John Correnti whose latest deal is Big River Steel which plans to build a facility in Osceola; J. Wayne Leonard, retired chairman of Entergy; Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc.; Mike Eades, president and CEO of Ascension Economic Development Corp. in Louisiana; Agnes Zaiontz of Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority; and governors Earl Ray Tomblin (West Virginia), Ricky Perry (Texas), and Jay Nixon (Missouri).

Mike Randle, owner, publisher, and editor of Southern Business & Development, cited Dr. Fenter’s efforts to create a world-class workforce. Dr. Glen Fenter has helped lead a massive worker training effort through Arkansas’s community college system. Educators in Arkansas like Dr. Fenter have developed a workforce training model that is the envy of the nation.” “In fact, the Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium (ADTEC), of which Mid-South Community College is a member, was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as the nation’s No. 1 workforce model.”

In the section’s introduction, Randle said the publication changes some of its award areas but always includes the “Ten People Who Made a Difference” category. The latest list features executives, economic developers and politicians “that have made a difference in the South’s economy.”

“To receive individual recognition of this magnitude is certainly an honor, but virtually everything we have accomplished in the Arkansas Delta is a result of a collaborative effort involving a large number of very talented and dedicated people all sharing common convictions, combined with more than our fair share of divine intervention,” Dr. Fenter said.

“We have been very aggressive in our efforts because our situation demands it. Maintaining the status quo in eastern Arkansas is not an option, and since we want different outcomes, we must continue to develop creative and innovative solutions.”

“For the publishers and editorial staff to recognize what we’re doing in our state and region is gratifying, but even more important than that is the positive direction we’re taking and the short- and long-term impact our work will have on the people who live here.”

For information about workforce training opportunities at Mid-South Community College, visit the campus at 2000 West Broadway in West Memphis, call the Admissions Office at (870) 733-6728, email, or see the college’s website at