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Mississippi State Board of Education Members

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

Board Members


Dr. Jason S. Dean, Chair
Term expires July, 2024
At-Large Representative

124 One Madison Plaza, Suite 2100
Madison, MS 39110
Ph: 601-664-8858

Dr. Carey M. Wright, Executive Secretary

Dr. Carey M. Wright, Executive Secretary
State Superintendent of Education

Mississippi Department of Education 
P.O. Box 771 
Jackson, MS 39205
Ph: 601-359-1750 
Fax: 601-359-3242


Dr. Karen Elam
Term expires July, 2021
Northern Supreme Court District Representative

3805 Majestic Oaks Drive 
Oxford, MS 38655
Ph: 662-513-0705

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Brittney Rye
Term expired July, 2027
Teacher Representative

Sudduth Elementary
101 Greenfield Drive
Starkville, MS 39759

Mr. Sean Suggs, a member of the Board

Mr. Sean Suggs
Term expires July, 2026
At-Large Representative

126 Edgewater Drive 
Saltillo, MS 38866
Ph: 662-507-0095

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Shelby Dean
Term expires April, 2022
Junior Student Representative

Clinton Public School District
Clinton Public School District




Dr. John R. Kelly, Vice-Chair
Term expires July, 2020
Southern Court District Representative

City of Gulfport, Post Office Box 1780
Gulfport, MS, 39502-1780
Ph: 228-868-5770


Mrs. Rosemary G. Aultman
Term expires July, 2022
At-Large Representative

6 Lafayette Circle
Clinton, MS 39056
Ph: 601-924-4830


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Mr. Charles McClelland
Term expired July, 2025
Central Supreme Court District Representative

6252 Winthrop Circle
Jackson, MS 39206

Nancy Collins

Senator Nancy Collins
Term expires July, 2028
At-Large Representative

6252 Winthrop Circle
Jackson, MS 39206

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Mr. Buddy Bailey,
Term expires July, 2023
Administrator Representative

Rankin County School District
1220 Apple Park Place

Omar G. Jamil

Omar G. Jamil
Term expires April, 2021
Senior Student Representative
DeSoto County School District