Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann said Monday he was appointing a former newspaper editor to the National Board of Education, to complete a term that will end in July 2024.
Bill Jacobs of Brookhaven would succeed Jason Dean, who left the nine-member board of directors in February. The appointment must be confirmed by the State Senate.
Jacobs was editor of The Daily Leader at Brookhaven and Prentiss Headlight at Prentiss until December 2012 when he sold the companies. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Newspaper Association and on the operating board of the Mississippi Economic Council.
“Bill Jacobs has spent his entire career asking questions, researching the facts and reporting his findings to the general public to improve his community and be transparent,” Hosemann said in a press release. “These characteristics, along with his business acumen and support for public schools, make him a great addition to the board.
Jacobs and his wife, Amy Alexander Jacobs, were members of Parents for Public Schools, and their two children graduated from Brookhaven High School. She was twice named Brookhaven High School’s Parent of the Year. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Mississippi School of the Arts.
Jacobs said in the press release that public schools are the foundation of communities.
“Look at the thriving communities across the state and one will find one common element – strong public schools,” Jacobs said. “Mississippi has had great successes, but also failures. The current brain drain from many of our best and brightest to other states is the most disturbing failure, as its continued trajectory weakens even our best systems. school.
The Board of Education sets the curriculum and policies for the 450,000 students in Mississippi public schools. Five members are nominated by the Governor, two by the Lieutenant Governor and two by the Speaker of the House.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves recently announced two nominees for the board of directors, and they are also waiting to be considered by the Senate. Lawmakers ended their regular session in early April. They are due to return to Capitol Hill in January, unless Reeves calls a special session before that date. Nominees can serve pending confirmation.