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Collaborating to Empower Others (CEO) Leadership Academy is designed to enhance the growth of Mississippi K-12 practicing administrators.  The mission of the PREPS CEO Leadership Academy is to provide school leaders with a solid background in school culture, data analysis, and instructional theory. 

The unique design of the CEO Leadership Academy allows for the creation of a state-wide network of passionate school leaders, whereby trust and support will be readily available for all administrative situations. As the group meets (mostly virtually again this year) and discusses possible scenarios that could occur on any day at any school, it will become evident that we all deal with the same type of conundrums even though we may be miles apart.  CEO Lead Trainers including Dr. Ben Burnett, Dr. Chuck Benigno, and Dr. Kim Benton have many years of valuable administrative experience that they are ready to share with you. These trainers along with their special guests will help to guide you throughout the academy.

360 Leadership Evaluation - Our CEO Leadership Academy helps you to set leadership goals, and offers you real-time assistance as you grow to reach new milestones with your leadership under the guidance of researchers and authors Dr. Wanda Maulding Green and Dr. Ed Leonard. With the 360 leadership assessment you will be able to see the results of your efforts by the end of the training. Each session is based on the latest research and are based on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). 


Networking - This PREPS training is specifically designed to help you connect with other administrators from around the state.  Our sessions will initiate conversations that will allow for significant support and personal growth with your fellow cohort members.  Dr. Patti Permenter will be your facilitator and will ensure that you are connected with others in your cohort. 

The Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian continues to be a valuable sponsor to help reduce the tuition costs of the program.  We are very grateful to the foundation for their support.  

We are encouraging administrators to apply to this year's academy by

June 30.   Participants will be notified by July 30 of the status of their application.



The CEO Leadership Academy will be held throughout the 2021-2022 school year and launches in mid - August and will end on February 25, 2022 with the kick-off of the PREPS 2022 Hybrid Conference.  Participants will be asked to meet in person on the WCU campus two times (August and February) and in Meridian (December).  All other sessions will be online.  The academy has limited seats and is competitive.  Selected applicants will represent all 4 corners of the state.  APPLY NOW!

The cost of the academy is projected to be $495 for PREPS member districts. Non- PREPS member district applicants will be charged $1495.  This fee will cover ALL books and supplies that will be needed as well as some meals and activities that we will provide during times that we come together face-face. 

Successful CEO graduates will receive OSL, SEMI, or 6 hours graduate credit from William Carey University.


Options for six hours of WCU graduate course credit are below:  

Ed.S. EDL 717 Leading in Diverse Culture

Ed.S. EDL 704 Data Driven Decision Making


Ed.D. EDL 732 Data Analysis

Ed.D. EDL 830 Developing a Culture of Learning 

There will be a $40 application fee for choosing course credit. 




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Applications due 

June 30, 2021.


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