Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools 

Headquartered at William Carey University

Welcome to Mississippi’s only statewide educational consortium.  PREPS was organized over 40 years ago in 1976 as a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Mississippi Public Schools. PREPS is  governed by a board of directors made up of current Mississippi school district superintendents representing the congressional districts. 

Current Board Members: 

Dr. Edward Lee Childress, Corinth School District Superintendent (PREPS president) 
Dr. Amy Carter, Meridian Public Schools Superintendent

Dr. Matthew L.  Dillon, Petal School District Superintendent
Dr. Carla Evers, Pass Christian School District Superintendent

Dr. Teresa Jackson, Winona-Montgomery School District Superintendent

Mr. Jesse King, Leland Public School District Superintendent
Dr. Eddie Peasant, Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated Schools, Superintendent

Mr. Chad Shealy, Vicksburg-Warren School District Superintendent

Mr. Corey Uselton, Desoto County School District Superintendent

William Carey University Dean of School of Education, ex-officio 

Ben Burnett, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Patti Permenter, Ed.D.
Associate Director

Ginny Ingram



Dr. Burnett has a long list of accolades by his name including presently serving as  the Executive Director of PREPS as well as the Dean of the School of Education at William Carey University.  Dr. Burnett was a K-12 public school educator and leader for 28 years.   He served on the PREPS board as Superintendent of Lamar County Schools. 

Dr. Permenter served as a K-12 educator for 28 years and obtained National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist during her tenure. She works with public school faculties and pre-service teachers as the PREPS Associate Director as well as teaches courses as an assistant professor at William Carey University. 

Mrs. Ingram joined PREPS with 33 years of experience with Jones Jr. College Financial Aid. She was loyal to the office for all of those years with the last few years serving as the assistant director.  She enjoys travelling and working with our PREPS membership.


710 William Carey Parkway

Hattiesburg, MS. 39401




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