Michele Henley, member of the DeSoto County School District Board of Education was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) for the 2023-2024 school year on Nov. 14 by the MSBA Delegate Assembly during the 2023 Fall Leadership Conference.
The Delegate Assembly, a group representing school board members from across Mississippi, also elected the following to serve as 2023-2024 Executive Officers:
- President — Delores McNair, Board President, Hattiesburg Public School District
- Vice President — Danny Cowart, Board President, Simpson County School District
- Secretary-Treasurer — Sondra Odom, Board President, Pearl Public School District
- Past President — Cecil Lizana, Jr., Vice President, Pass Christian School District
Henley was recognized as “Board Member of the Year” by the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) for the 2020-2021 school year. In her years on the board, she has served as both President and Secretary, working tirelessly to ensure high-quality education and safe schools. Henley’s commitment extends beyond the boardroom. She actively engages with the community as a board member for the Southaven Rotary Club and as President of Team Mobile Industrial Cleaning. Her previous work in special education and first grade at Greenbrook Elementary School showcases her dedication to students.
In addition to her board responsibilities, Michele has played an instrumental role in bringing live streaming to board meetings which increased transparency and accessibility for the community. She is also a valued member of the DeSoto County Schools Mental Health Advisory Council, demonstrating her commitment to the well-being of students.
“The Board of Directors plays a significant role in executing MSBA’s mission. Their governance expertise strengthens MSBA’s ability to advocate for public school students and provide resources to our members,” said Dr. Denotris R. Jackson, MSBA Executive Director.