Mississippi Board of Education Chairman Bill Jones announced today that Dean of the School of Education at the University of Mississippi Dr. Tom Burnham, 56, has been named Mississippi’s next State Superintendent of Education by the Board. Burnham will replace Dr. John W. Jordan, who is currently serving as Interim State Superintendent of Education.
“We are very pleased that Dr. Burnham has accepted the position of State Superintendent of Education,” said Jones. “He is well liked by everyone and has served as State Superintendent in the 1990’s. We expect him to come in and not miss a beat in implementing the programs to help the Board reach its goals.”
A native of Puckett, Burnham has served as Mississippi Superintendent of Education from 1992 until 1997. Other positions held include Superintendent of Henderson County Public Schools (North Carolina), Superintendent of Biloxi School District, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.
He holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Delta State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College.
In 2003, Burnham was selected as one of four finalists for the Jay Robinson Leadership Award in the State of North Carolina and in 2005 was the recipient of the Golden Lamp Award for leadership.
Burnham will begin his second tenure as State Superintendent by the end of the year.