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2023-2024 CEO Leadership Academy Cohort Announced

PREPS is thrilled to announce that we will be conducting our 7th annual CEO Leadership Academy for school administrators across Mississippi. William Carey University and PREPS, the Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools have once again teamed up with the Phil Hardin Foundation to provide the CEO Leadership Academy to prek-12 grade public school administrators from around Mississippi. CEO stands for Collaborating to Empower Others.

Applications from all regions in Mississippi were submitted for this prestigious leadership academy, and 43 applicants were selected representing all 4 Mississippi congressional districts. The following school leaders represent 30 school districts and have been selected to participate:

Kimberlee Alexander, Greenville Public School District

Christine Beeker, Meridian Public School District

Anna Bennett, Cleveland School District

Heather Brinson, Lamar County Schools

James Bondurant, Corinth School District

Kimberly Chapman, Newton Municipal School District

Sonya Chapman, Newton Municipal School District

Tarva Cook, Picayune School District

James Cooper, Pascagoula Gautier School District

Lashandra Cousin, Western Line School District

Cedric Covington, Pascagoula-Gautier School District

April Daniels, Harrison County School District

Frederick Delk, Meridian Public School District

Sheronda Dunn, Tunica School District

Tracy Dunn, West Bolivar School District

Jeremy Gibbs, Scott County School District

Demetrious Goff, Laurel School District

Melisha Hancock, Philadelphia School District

Philip Harville, Winona-Montgomery School District

Sharla Hodge, Jones County School District

Joseph Hooker, Lawrence County School District

Patrica Renee Johns, Picayune School District

Angela Johnson, Marion County School District

Monifa Johnson, Desoto School District

Samuel Mathews, South Delta School District

Wyn Mims, Petal School District

Kimberly, Pace, Meridian School District

Detanya Parker, Canton School District

Catteria Payton, Pascagoula School District

Chiquita Phillips, West Bolivar School District

Robert Picou, Tupelo Public School District

Mike Posey, Pearl River School District

Damius Robinson, West Bolivar School District

Aimie Saucier, Pearl River School District

Drew Smith, Louisville Municipal School District

Charles Stevenson, Rankin County School District

Renado Thomas, Lawrence County School District

Eric Thurman, Lawrence County School District

Christopher Turner, West Bolivar School District

Anita Wansley, Lauderdale County School District

Allyson Wells, Lauderdale County School District

Tanya White, Columbus City School District

Josh Yeager, Perry County School District

A statewide research and advocacy organization, PREPS is housed at William Carey University’s Hattiesburg campus.

“We are thrilled to announce this outstanding group of educators who will be joining our CEO Leadership family. Over the past few years, graduates from this unique leadership opportunity have enhanced their skills through a renewed focus on creating healthy school cultures based on empathy and respect. Bringing practitioners together from all across Mississippi creates a learning environment that is second to none and I can’t wait to get started,” - PREPS Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Benigno.

“The goal of CEO Leadership Academy is for school leaders to collaborate, build networks and experience individual professional growth. By digging deep into the research and keeping abreast of best practices and strategies, CEO participants will grow their leadership skills which will have direct impacts on their school community and student outcomes.” - Associate Director, Dr. Patti Permenter.

Special thank you to the Phil Hardin Foundation and William Carey University for their support of the academy!

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