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May 17, 2006



(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Reginald “Reggie” Barnes, of Webb, to the Southern Regional Education Board. The SREB assists state leaders by directing attention to key education issues and conducting studies that help states and institutions form long-range plans, actions, and policy proposals. Mississippi is one of the 16 member states of the SREB, the nation’s first interstate compact for education.

“Reggie has years of educational experience that make him well-qualified to serve in this capacity, and I feel confident he will successfully perform his duties as an active SREB member,” Governor Barbour said.


Barnes is president of Reggie Barnes Consulting, Inc., and has served as education superintendent for the Cleveland School District. He was Commissioner of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks from 1999 to 2005 and superintendent of education for West Tallahatchie School District from 1994 t0 2001. Additionally, Barnes worked as state director of the Mississippi Youth Opportunities Unlimited National Demonstration Grant with Coahoma Community College from 1992 to 1994. He is a past and present member of various boards and organizations, including the: Bright Beginnings Foundation board of directors; B.B. King Museum Steering Committee; Mississippi Association of School Superintendents; Mississippi Association of School Curriculum Development board of directors; Children’s Justice Center board of directors; Governor’s Task Force on the Mississippi Delta; Paper and Pencils, Inc. Foundation board of directors; and Delta State University Alumni Association board of directors.


Barnes graduated from Delta State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. He has three children, Stephanie, Reggie Jr., and Eric, and two grandchildren, Nicolas and Marcus.