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Jackson-Madison County Schools Welcomes Ray Washington as New Superintendent

JACKSON, TN – As the new school year approaches, Ray Washington will take on the role of Superintendent of the Jackson-Madison County School System (JMCSS).  While this position is considered short-term, Washington is excited to continue the progress JMCSS has seen recently. 


As the district’s Chief Operation Officer, Ray oversaw the day-to-day of the district’s 26 facilities as well as special projects. This role required interaction with all of the central office staff, school administration, city and county government and other stakeholders in the community. All in an effort to support our academics progress, and ultimately create as many “Options and Opportunities” for our students as possible.


Prior to joining the district, Ray spent 15 years working as a commercial banker for Regions Bank. He also served as a financial consultant with Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley) and as a distribution manager and an account manager for Allegiance Healthcare (Cardinal Healthcare). Ray and his family moved to West Tennessee in 1994 and settled in Jackson in the spring of 1995 as a result of a relocation with Allegiance.


After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Virginia State University, he accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps. While in college Ray served as an enlisted Marine reservist after surviving basic training at Parris Island S.C. the summer after his freshman year. After college Ray served four years as logistics officer primarily stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton California. While at Camp Pendleton he earned a Master of Art degree in organizational management from Webster University. Washington is a Certified Treasury Professional and is active is many local organizations including Old Hickory Rotary Cub, JACOA, Star Center, The Foundation, Industrial Development Board and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Ray is a member of New St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church and he has been married to his wife Sonya for over 30 years and have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.