Jason Dean Named to Madison County Board of Education – Northside Sun

Madison County, Miss. — The Madison County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Jason Dean to serve as board member for District 1. Per state guidelines, the board was charged with appointing a member following the resignation of longtime board member Wayne Jimenez in July.

Dean comes to the role with vast experience in educational governance and leadership. He holds a PhD in Education from the University of Mississippi and served on the Mississippi State Board of Education from 2015 to 2021, including for more than two years as board chairman. He served as Governor Haley Barbour’s education advisor and was a White House fellow assigned to the U.S. Department of Education. Dean has taught graduate-level courses in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi as an assistant professor and assistant dean of students. His work in education also includes experience as an adjunct professor at Jackson State University and The University of Southern Mississippi.

“Education is the number one economic development issue and number one quality of life issue in Mississippi,” says Dean, “It is all of our responsibility to ensure we do all we can to give students access to an experience that prepares them for the world after school, whether that be post-secondary education or work.”

Currently, Dean is senior vice president of Path Company, the only Mississippi-based certified energy services company performing energy upgrades in public buildings. He has previously served as vice president of program development for Tenax Aerospace, president of Highland Advisors, and as vice president of economic policy for the Mississippi Economic Council.

As a community leader, Dean serves as an advisory board member for the Jackson Leadership Foundation and has been a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education. He has been named to Y’all Politics’ “Mississippi Top 50,” the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40,” and was named The University of Southern Mississippi’s “Outstanding Young Alumnus.” He also served as a delegate to the United States-Japan Leadership Program as well as the American Council for Young Political Leaders.

Dean has lived in Madison since 2007 with his wife Courtney, who is an active member of the Madison County Schools community. She currently serves on three PTO boards in the Jaguar Zone and served as PTO president at Madison Station Elementary in 2017-2018. The Deans have three children: Mary Bogan in 11th grade at Madison Central High School, Carter in eighth grade at Madison Middle School, and Walker in fourth grade at Madison Station Elementary.

Dean will begin service on the Madison County Board of Education effective immediately.