Jackson State University welcomes Haynes as new dean of the College of Education and Human Development

Jackson State University (JSU) welcomes Jerri Haynes, Ed.D., as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development. She is joining JSU following her time at Tennessee State University, where she served as dean and professor of the College of Education, increasing their enrollment by 15 percent in her first year.

“We are pleased that Dr. Jerri Haynes has joined the Jackson State family. During her career, her passion for education has resulted in unique program offerings tailored to addressing the teacher shortage. She’s been nationally recognized as a thought leader and her appointment as dean of the renowned College of Education and Human Development aligns with our strategic goals at Jackson State.  I appreciate the efforts of the search committee,” said Alisa L. Mosley, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at JSU.  

Haynes has dedicated nearly three decades of her life to higher education. She plans to continue paving the path for academic excellence, encouraging a diverse and supportive community as well as facilitating school districts and other educational agencies.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with an innovative and thriving team of individuals at JSU throughout the college, university, and system who are working to transform the lives of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders. It is an opportunity to reimagine COEHD, an amazing opportunity with unlimited possibilities,” said Haynes. 

The newly appointed dean served in various positions in the K-12 school setting, including teacher, reading coach, curriculum administrator, educational consultant, principal, school board member, and founder of the New Millennium Charter School.

Haynes has published two books: “Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children” and “The Silent Epidemic: Problem in Public Education,” written more than 15 peer-reviewed articles, and presented at various local, state, national and international conferences.

The veteran educator has also served as one of eight faculty scholar exchange professors and presented at the Northwestern International Universities in Lanzhou, China, and SIAS International University People’s Republic of China.

Haynes is a proven skilled peer reviewer and conducted reviews for the U.S. Department of Education, the Council for the Accreditation of Education and Preparation, and the Higher Learning Commission. She serves on the Social Science Editorial Board, Grow Your Own National Board, Purpose Preparatory Academy Board, and the National Teacher Quality Council.

Haynes has an extensive amount of curriculum and management leadership, including experiences developing new courses, certificates, and credentialing programs.

“Critical to my success in these efforts have been my knowledge, experience, skills, and disposition of programs, instructional pedagogy, assessments, and partnerships to connect diverse perspectives to develop programs that consist of rigor relevance, and relationships with flexibility and autonomy to meet all stakeholders’ needs,” she shared.

Haynes earned her Ed.D. in child and youth studies from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1999, where she also earned a specialist degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages. She obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee.

The proud mother of two further credits her success to a strong foundation of progressive leadership and diverse experiences that played an integral role in her becoming a culturally and linguistically responsive leader.