Board of Commissioners

The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport is managed by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. The five member Board of Commissioners is appointed by the Mayor City of Jackson and confirmed by the Jackson City Council.

Presently the Board consists of:

Rev. James Henley Rev. James L. Henley, Jr.Chair

Rev. James L. Henley, Jr., a native of Jackson, serves as Pastor of Fresh Start Christian Church, and as a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Mississippi. He is a Certified Public Accountant, an Attorney, and holds a certification in Financial Forensics from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Commissioner Henley is on the Board of the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees’ Foundation, and is a past President of the Magnolia Bar Association and the Magnolia Bar Foundation. Rev. Henley was the 2012 R. Jess Brown Award Recipient, an honor bestowed upon him by the Magnolia Bar Association. He is a graduate of Callaway High School, Millsaps College, and the Mississippi College School of Law; he is also a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is extensively involved in the development of inner-city youth through Fresh Start Ministries, Inc., and previously served on the boards of Bethany Christian Services, the Jackson Metropolitan YMCA, and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association. Commissioner Henley and his wife, Vivian, have four children.

Miss LaWanda Harris LaWanda D. HarrisVice-Chair

Commissioner LaWanda D. Harris is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the Healthcare field for nearly 20 years. Over the course of her career, she has attained a wealth of knowledge and experience on a variety of issues relating to public affairs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Mississippi College. Commissioner Harris is an active member of Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi where she holds the positions of President-Elect (at the District level) and Chairperson of the Project Committee (at the State level). Through this organization, Commissioner Harris is involved in a variety of community outreach projects and activities, including annual health fairs, public health initiatives, and mentoring programs. Commissioner Harris is actively engaged in the community both as a community activist and leader as evidence by her involvement in the Women for Progress of Mississippi, Inc. Commissioner Harris is passionate about fostering sustainable economic growth in Mississippi’s Capital City. She views effective transportation policy and infrastructure as critical to the success of the Greater Jackson region.

Dr. Rosie Pridgen-7 Rosie L. T. P. Johnson, Ph. D. Commissioner

Rosie L. T. P. Johnson, Ph. D is a native Mississippian. She has been a resident of Jackson since 1970, after graduating from Jackson State University. In addition to earning the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Jackson State University; Dr. Johnson also obtained the Masters of Education degree in Blind Rehabilitation, with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility for the Blind from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has also studied at other Mississippi universities. Dr. Johnson has been a teacher, substitute teacher, assistant principal, principal, interim superintendent and superintendent. In 2013, she retired from the position of Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Blind, a position she had held for 15 years. During two and one-half of those years, she concurrently served as Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf. 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. She is a member of Mt. Carmel Ministries. She has a blended family of four children and eleven grandchildren.


reed Evelyn O. Reed, Commissioner

Evelyn O. Reed received both her higher education degrees for the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with an emphasis in economics and finance from Jackson State University.  After a successful 27-year stint as Special Assistant, she retired from the United States Probation Office, Southern District of Mississippi.  Currently, Commissioner Reed serves as an on-air personality at WKXI Radio (KIXIE 107.5FM) with Alpha Media, Jackson’s number one adult Rhythm & Blues radio station.

As an active member of the Commissioners Committee for the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), Commissioner Reed serves with more than 400 airport Board Members and Commissioners to the nationally-recognized ‘Voice of Airports’.  In her capacity as liaison to the Marketing and Communications Committee, Commissioner Reed assists in the development of aviation-related educational and policy programs for ACI-NA members.   She also assists in promoting public awareness of airports as economic generators for their communities.

A community activist and leader, Commissioner Reed serves as secretary for the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Association for the Preservation of the Smith Robertson Cultural Arts Museum as well as the storied Alamo Theater.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Jackson Metropolitan YMCA.  Commissioner Reed is an active member of several organizations which include:  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. Commissioner Reed is a graduate and a Class Representative of Leadership Greater Jackson and a graduate of Leadership Madison County.

LTC(R) Lucius Wright, Commissioner

LTC(R) Lucius Wright is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated in the Baltimore Public School System, and received a B.S. Degree from Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia, where he was also commissioned as an Army Field Artillery Second Lieutenant in May l965. Upon completion of an initial Field Artillery assignment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he completed the Army’s Aviation Course at Fort Stewart, Georgia and Fort Rucker, Alabama, enroute to the first of two Combat Aviation assignments in the Republic of Vietnam. LTC Wright has had duty assignments as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Jackson State University, l972-l975; overseas assignments as Intelligence Staff Officer with the 210th Field Artillery Group, and Deputy Commander of the 70th Transportation Battalion (Aviation), l975-l978 in the Federal Republic of Germany. Stateside assignments include serving as Commander of the Aviation Division at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, l979-l983; and Director, Security and Intelligence Directorate, Communications and Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, l983-l986. LTC Wright retired from active duty in l986 and recently retired as the Director of Army Instruction (JROTC) for the Jackson Public School District, Jackson, Mississippi. He received his Master’s Degree from Jackson State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, two (2) Bronze Stars, Air Medal with fourteen (l4) Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, the Master Aviator’s Badge, plus other awards and decorations. LTC Wright was recognized by President Bill Clinton in his l996 State of the Union Address as a Star Citizen and as the first Olympic Torch Bearer selected in the United States for the l996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, GA. LTC Wright is the father of two children, Nathaniel Wright of Baltimore, Maryland and Michelle Joy Wright of Atlanta, Georgia, and two stepchildren, Daphne Clayton Grissom and Larry Clayton of Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently married to Bonnie Lee Wright. LTC Wright is the son of the late Lee and the late Mary Wright of Varnville, South Carolina; he has a sister, Edith McCall and three brothers, Willie Nix (deceased), Earnest Nicks (deceased) and Robert Wright all residing in Baltimore, Maryland.

LTC(R) Wright is currently the President and CEO of Total Business Development, Inc. of Jackson, Mississippi.


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