JSU alumnus and former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige headlined a state education town hall meeting on Oct. 1 at Hinds Community College that represented all three levels of Mississippi education.
Panelists included Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds, State Board for Community and Junior Colleges executive director Eric Clark, interim state superintendent of education John Jordan and Jackson State University president Ronald Mason Jr. Other invited participants included elected officials, educators, students and other civic leaders.
The meeting was part of a collaborative effort to make pre-K through college education in Mississippi a national model for innovative teaching and training. The panel was moderated by Dr. James “Butch” Rosser, a nationally known surgeon and Morehouse School of Medicine professor. Rosser is the founder of the Stealth Learning Company and a native of the Mississippi Delta.
Rosser and his company also presented a flight-time experience at Jackson State University on Friday, Oct. 2, for students from Jackson Public Schools and Hinds County Public Schools. The event featured full-scale flight simulators, unmanned aerial vehicles, aviation video game demos and surgical simulations. The multimedia experience is aimed at promoting innovative approaches to education.