The Mississippi State Board of Education adopts rules and regulations and set standards and policies for the organization, operation, management, planning, budgeting and programs of the Mississippi State Department of Education.
The Board is made up of nine members. Each member is appointed according to the rules in the Mississippi Constitution. The Board appoints the State Superintendent of Education.
Mississippi Constitution rules require that the Mississippi Governor appoints one member from Mississippi's Northern Supreme Court District, one member from Mississippi's Central Supreme Court District, one member from Mississippi's Southern Supreme Court District, one member who is employed as a school administrator, and one member who is employed as a public school teacher. Additionally, the Lieutenant Governor shall appoint two members at-large, and the Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives shall appoint two members at-large.
Educational Priorities and Board Mission
In its role as a policymaker, the Board has a State Board of Education 5-Year Strategic Plan.
Mr. Glen East, Chair
Term expires July, 2023
Mike Kent, Executive Secretary
Interim State Superintendent of Education
Term expires July, 2030
Northern Supreme Court District Representative
Dr. Wendi Barrett
Term expires July, 2027
Mrs. Mary Werner
Term expires July, 2026
Dr. Ronnie McGehee
Term expires July, 2028
Mr. Matt Miller
Term expires July, 2029
Southern Supreme Court District Representative
Mr. Bill Jacobs
Term expires July, 2024
Term expires July, 2025
Central Supreme Court District Representative
Term expires April, 2024
Senior Student Representative
Oxford High School
Postal mail for board members should be sent to the following address:
Mississippi Department of Education
Bureau of Public Reporting
P. O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771