The Principals' Institute, housed in the Education Department at Millsaps College, is committed to the personal and professional growth of principals as educational leaders in order to improve the quality of education, increase support of school principals and benefit all children in our schools.
"The Millsaps Principals' Institute has made me a better principal.""I am convinced that the Millsaps [Principals'] Summer Institute is not merely informative; it is transformative for all of us."
- Willie McInnis, principal
- Roland Barth, founder, Harvard Principals' Center
About the Institute
The Millsaps College Principals' Institute began because of the vision of a group of Mississippi principals who attended the Harvard Principals' Summer Institute. They wanted a similar experience available for principals closer to home. Dr. Jeanne Middleton-Hairston, professor in the Department of Education at Millsaps, explored funding possibilities and in November 1992 the Institute was awarded charter grants from BellSouth Foundation, Mississippi Power Education Foundation, and The Phil Hardin Foundation. The first Summer Institute was held in July 1993.
The Institute appreciates continued support from the CREATE Foundation and gifts from John Morgan Douglass, Canizaro Cawthon Davis Architects, Paul McNeill, Training Resources Associates and gifts in memoriam of principal Valerie Vanessa Lovelady.
2012 Principals' Summer Institute Participants
Front (left to right): Minne Dace, Emily Patty, Sonya Foster, Crystal Hall, Rob McCreary; Elizabeth Dock; Brigetta Sims, Janet Sims, Nikki Smith, Charlotte Hudson, Shirley Sanders, LiThesia Kent, Jenny Morehead, Xandra Brooks-Keys, Crystal Haynes, Nathan Hall, & Timothy Ginn.
Second Row: Charlette Harris, Stacy Farrar; Nick Overby, Peggy Marble, Pamela Simon, Kevin Brown, Canda Jackson, Schneika Stokes, Tracey Taylor, Leah McCullum, Carol Jones, Bridgette Muhammad, Lakeyia King, Kathern Barber, Edgar Holman, Jr., LaRenda Janee Harrison, & Furlinda Travis.
Third Row: Eric Jackson, Valeree Ellis-Barnes, Brock Sistrunk, Jerry Pittman, Jerry A. Knight, Angy Graham, Endricka Williams, Willie McInnis (Facilitator), Jackie Martin, Jacqueline Gray, Scott Rimes, Ron Morrison (Facilitator), Donna J. Pope, & Alyson Bequette.
Next Row/Center: Searcy Kay, Lisa Thompson, Cathy Travis, & Craig Shannon.
Back Row: Eddwin Smith, Leander Bridges, II, Trey Rein, Jim Gassaway, Teresa Duke (facilitator), Marty Floyd, Goler Collins, III, Jeff White, Rod Henderson, Gavin Gill, Jeff Mumford, Kelvin Fuller, Trevor Brister, and Bobby Hathorn (facilitator).