Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) is pleased to announce the elections of their new Board of Commissioners Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Ms. Evelyn O. Reed, B.B.A., M.B.A. was elected Chairman and Rosie L.T. Pridgen, Ph.D., was elected Vice-Chairman at the annual elections for officers held Thursday, September 22, 2016.
Prior to her election as Chairman, Reed served with distinction as a member of the JMAA Board of Commissioners since her appointment in December 2013. Reed was elected to the position of Vice-Chairman in February 2014, a position she held through the appointed term.
Her stated objective as Chairman of JMAA is to promote public awareness of airports as economic generators for their communities. Following her election, Reed asserted “JMAA’s Mission is to connect Jackson to the world, and the world to Jackson. Our Strategic Plan 2021, sets the direction for JMAA, identifying opportunities for growth and development. JMAA’s goals are to be an employer of choice, fund today and tomorrow, provide first in class customer services, expand and diversify our air service program, build and maintain facilities and equipment to support the air traveling public, and engage, encourage and support Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and small local businesses.”
In addition to serving as Chairman of the JMAA Board of Commissioners, Reed will continue to provide her expertise as an active member of the Commissioners Committee and the Business Diversity Committee for the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) where she serves with more than 400 airport board members and commissioners. In her capacity as liaison to the Marketing and Communications Committee, Reed assists in the development of aviation-related educational and policy programs for ACI-NA members. A civic and community leader, Reed is a graduate and a Class Representative of Leadership Greater Jackson and a graduate of Leadership Madison County. She serves as secretary for the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Association for the Preservation of the Smith Robertson Cultural Arts Museum, board member of the historic Alamo Theater. She is an active member of the Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; the Capital City Toastmasters; Jackson State University National Alumni Association; and the Margaret Walker Alexander Center Board at Jackson State University.
Rosie L.T. Pridgen, Ph.D., immediate past Chairman, was appointed to JMAA the Board of Commissioners in September 2014. Dr. Pridgen was elected Chairman in September 2015, and will continue her service with the JMAA Board of Commissioners as Vice-Chairman. Pridgen stated “I look forward to continuing to work with our new Chair, and my fellow commissioners, CEO Newman, JMAA staff, the community, and other partners to help ensure that we strategically plan and work to make Hawkins Field and Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers international Airport key players in community and economic development.”
Dr. Pridgen is a Mississippi native and a Golden Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter. She retired as Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Blind after serving 15 years in that capacity. When Dr. Pridgen assumed the position of Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Blind, she became the first female and the second African American to serve as superintendent of the 10th oldest school for the blind in the country. Dr. Pridgen also served an Interim Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf for two and one-half years (November, 2006 – May, 2009) while concurrently serving as Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Blind. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson, an avid volunteer, and a supporter of programs and projects that aim to improve individuals and communities.
Jackson Municipal Airport Authority works to Be the Airports of Choice while Connecting Jackson to the World and the World to Jackson.