By SOTG News Service
Dr. Joseph Webb, CEO of Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, was one of 15 former student-athletes inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on April 25. Webb, who now joins a distinguished group of 210 inductees, played basketball at Coahoma Community College from 1971-73. Webb also played basketball for two years at Tennessee State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
The Mississippi Community College Foundation honored Webb and at its 11th annual induction ceremony, an event that recognizes coaches and athletes for their successes on and off the field. Organizers of the Hall of Fame event point out Webb’s distinguished career in health services as one of the contributing factors to his selection and induction.
“We commend Dr. Webb as one of this year’s inductees for the 2017 class, for not only being an outstanding athlete at Coahoma Community College but also for continuing his education and preparing for a career in the field of health science and hospital administration,” said Dr. Howell C. Garner, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Foundation. “Dr. Webb is certainly a shining example of someone who began his career preparation as an athlete in the Mississippi Community College System and went on to become a tremendous success in his profession. His success in health services is indicative of his natural ability as a student-athlete, as well, it reflects his personal drive, and determination, both on and off the athletic field.”
Webb was the recipient of the Coahoma Tigers’ Most Improved Player Award during his freshman campaign. During his sophomore year, he had one of the most legendary seasons in Coahoma history, averaging a triple-double of 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots per game and received the team MVP. He participated in the regional playoffs and was also selected as MVP of the regional tournament.
Webb’s triple-double average per game made him a highly recruited prospect for major universities. After playing two years for Tennessee State University, he earned his B.S. and M.S. in Health and Physical Education. He then obtained his Master of Science in Hospital and Health Services Administration and acquired a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Today, Dr. Webb possesses more than 25+ years of proven expertise in managing for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations.
“Community colleges are a true treasure across the country. Coahoma Community College was the college in my neighborhood, in the town where I grew up,” Webb said about receiving the honor. “Without the opportunity to go to a community college and play basketball, I would not be where I am today.”