Dr. Verna D. Ruffin

Phone: 731-664-2500


Degrees and Certifications:

Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Dr. Verna D. Ruffin


Dr. Verna D. Ruffin is Superintendent of Jackson-Madison County Schools in Jackson, Tennessee.  Prior to that, she has served as Assistant Superintendent for the Academic Achievement Zone, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education, Area Superintendent, principal, assistant principal and band director in school districts in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.


She has presented at the Thirteenth Annual Values and Educational Leadership Conference in Victoria, British Columbia and UCEA in Anaheim, California.  She was selected as a Jackson Scholar and accepted to the Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar.  Her research areas include urban school reform, moral literacy in schools, community schools and social justice.  A book review for the Journal of Educational Administration has been published.  She has co-authored a chapter Leading Across Boundaries: The Role of Community Schools and Cross-Boundary Leadership in School Reform  in New Perspectives in Educational Leadership:  Exploring Social, Political, and Community Contexts and Meaning.