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New Administrative Leaders Announced in Jackson Public Schools

August 19, 2019

Nicole Evans Marc Rowe
Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans Marc Rowe

Marc Rowe has been appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Office of Child Nutrition. The District also welcomes back to the District Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans to lead the Office of Data and Accountability.

Dr. Evans is an accomplished teacher, researcher and scholar. A product of Jackson Public Schools, Evans is a graduate of Jim Hill High School. Her career in education began as an English teacher at Jim Hill. She now has over 20 years of experience as an education administrator and faculty member, with a longstanding interest in maximizing student success from preschool through college completion.

She holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Research and a master's degree in public relations from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her bachelor's degree from Jackson State University. In addition, Evans has completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most recently, Evans was employed by Harvard University in the Kennedy School of Government. In this capacity, she provided leadership on data initiatives, enrollment, and diversity and inclusion.

She is the former Vice President for Institutional Research and Enrollment Management at Jackson State University where she was responsible for a variety of matters relating to students and faculty, including in accreditation, assessment, research and enrollment. She provided leadership to the institution’s most recent Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation process which resulted in the institution being reaffirmed for 10 years with no recommendations and no follow-up reports. 

Prior to joining JSU in 2006, Evans held positions at Tougaloo College as a faculty member in the Department of English and at Lane College in Tennessee as a Vice President. In February 2003, she appeared in Ebony Magazine as a "Young Leader of the Future." The annual feature highlights 30 leaders under age 30 from throughout the country who have excelled in their careers.

Longtime Food Service Supervisor Marc B. Rowe has been promoted to the role of Executive Director of Child Nutrition. Rowe served in his previous role for 17 years, managing the north and south Jackson area schools. He also served as the instructor for the Management Training Class preparing employees to become managers in Jackson Public Schools. Rowe has been instrumental in upgrading the department by writing over 100 grants for schools including the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable, Equipment, and Combi Oven grants.

Rowe believes that students who eat clean will think cleaner and that will eventually help them perform better. His continued commitment to serve clean live fruits and vegetables and reduce processed sugar will provide a platform for students to nourish their bodies while they are preparing for their futures. In an effort to help students make healthier choices, Rowe and his team will add hydration stations in school cafeterias and continue their dedication to providing no-fry zones. Additionally, he strives to enhance the culture of customer service in JPS cafeterias. 

"We want students and all others we serve to have a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience during their breakfast and lunch meals," said Rowe. 

In addition to the management change, the department has also had a name change. Prior to this school year, it was known as the Food Service Department.

Rowe has a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University.