Dr. Kim Benton, Chief Academic Officer, Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its July 19, 2016 meeting. Dr. Benton, who possesses undergraduate, specialist and doctoral degrees from MS. State University has been Chief Academic Officer for the MDE since 2013.  Prior to her current assignment, Dr. Benton served in several different capacities with the Meridian Public School District. She has been widely recognized by her peers in her field as well as by her Almas mater, MSU & Meridian Community College, by whom she was recognized as the Alumnus of the year.
The topic of Dr. Benton's talk to the Rotary Club was progress and goals of Public Education in Mississippi. Dr. Benton (2nd from right) is shown with in the accompanying photo Washington Cole, MDE Chief of Staff (2nd from left), Rotarian Andy Young (left), and Club Vice President Witt Ruffin (right). We thank Dr. Benton for her very interesting and informative presentation, and for her service to the children of Mississippi.