Richard L. Blackbourn, who has led the Mississippi State University‘s College of Education since 2005, is beginning a two-year term as president of the Mississippi Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Blackbourn previously served seven years on MACTE’s executive board and two years as its president-elect.
A Mississippi State alumnus, Blackbourn has more than 30 years in the profession. In addition to Lowndes County, Natchez and Pascagoula, he held earlier teaching and administrative posts at Northeast Louisiana and Clemson universities. His three degrees from Mississippi State include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education in 1974 and 1976, respectively, and a doctorate in educational leadership in 1983.