Home » NEWS » Economic Development » Mississippi chooses former D.C. schools administrator Carey Wright as superintendent of education.

Mississippi chooses former D.C. schools administrator Carey Wright as superintendent of education.

Carey Wright

Carey Wright

JEFF AMY, Associated Press


JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s state Board of Education has chosen former Washington., D.C., schools administrator Carey Wright as superintendent of education.

A person with direct knowledge of her selection told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the appointment had not yet been formally announced.

Wright was the only woman among five finalists who interviewed Tuesday.

She became chief academic officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools, serving under Michelle Rhee, whose aggressive style was strongly criticized. Rhee left in 2010, with Wright staying until earlier this year. Wright was earlier associate superintendent of Montgomery County, Md., schools.

Wright would be the first permanent female schools superintendent in Mississippi. Interim superintendent Lynn House is also a woman.

Wright also had interviewed for local superintendent positions in Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa in recent months. In both cases she was not chosen.

Wright left the Washington school system in March. Her last salary there was $157,266. Wright would earn up to $305,000 a year in Mississippi, which is the cap on the state superintendent’s pay.

The state Senate must confirm the board’s choice by the end of the 2014 regular legislative session

House has served since Tom Burnham resigned last year. She was not a candidate for the permanent post

The only identified Mississippi candidate was Clinton Superintendent Phil Burchfield.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

One comment

Leave a Reply