Dr. Carey Wright Credit: Mississippi Department of Education

State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright was elected by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as its president-elect of the 2016-2017 board of directors.

The Council is a nonpartisan, nationwide group that provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Board of Directors manages the overall business affairs of the group and is the governing body of the organization.

“I am honored to be elected to serve in this new role for CCSSO and look forward to working with state education chiefs across the country to develop strategies to improve student achievement,” Wright said. “Our work is devoted to ensuring that all students, regardless of background, graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and life.”

Wright has been a member of CCSSO’s board of directors since March.

Kate Royals is a Jackson native and returned to Mississippi Today as the lead education reporter after serving in the same capacity from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, she was a reporter for the Clarion-Ledger covering education and state government. She won awards for her investigative work, including stories about the state’s campaign finance laws and prison system. She was a news producer at MassLive in Springfield, Mass., after graduating from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communications with a master’s degree in communications.