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JPS Welcomes New Chief of Staff and Transition Manager to its Executive Leadership

January 18, 2019

Michael Cormack Jr.
Michael Cormack Jr.

Dr. Michael Cormack Jr. has been named Chief of Staff and Transition Manager for Jackson Public Schools. His responsibilities will include assisting the superintendent in the daily operations of the District as well as the planning, implementation, direction, and maintenance of district initiatives to ensure organizational effectiveness. The Transition Manager/Chief of Staff will ensure that the organization develops and remains focused on strategic priorities and that internal and external threats to organizational effectiveness are addressed.

Dr. Cormack is the former CEO of the Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI). In this role, he set the vision and direction for the Institute and oversaw the Mississippi Building Blocks program. Before joining BRI, he served as the elementary principal at Quitman County Elementary School, a BRI partner school. Dr. Cormack has also served as a teacher and a program director and manager for Teach For America. He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College, and holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Delta State University, a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and earned his doctor of education degree in education leadership and policy studies at Vanderbilt University.

"We are excited to have Dr. Cormack to join our leadership team," said Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene. "This is an initial step in restructuring and streamlining our work in the District as we strive to transform the lives of our students through excellent education."