Barbour appoints Kelly to state Board of Education

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of John R. Kelly to the Mississippi State Board of Education. Kelly’s term begins July 1, and he must be confirmed by the State Senate. The term expires June 30, 2020.

The Board, which is designed to manage and invest school funds and to formulate education policies, is comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Dr. Kelly’s broad range of experience will be an asset to the Board of Education,” Gov. Barbour said. “Education is the No. 1 economic development and quality of life issue in our state, and Dr. Kelly’s service will be vital in helping shape our education initiatives for the future.”

Kelly is Gulfport’s chief administrative officer and oversees the day-to-day operations of city departments. He has served in the position since 2006.