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:

Dr. Rosie Pridgen-7 Dr. Rosie L. T. PridgenChair

Rosie L. T. Pridgen, 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. Pridgen 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. Pridgen 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.


Rev. James Henley Rev. James L. Henley, Jr.Vice-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 a past President of the Magnolia Bar Association and Magnolia Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of Callaway High School, Millsaps College, and the Mississippi College School of Law. He is 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. He previously served on the boards of Bethany Christian Services, the Jackson Metropolitan YMCA, and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association. He and his wife, Vivian, have four children.

Miss LaWanda Harris LaWanda D. HarrisCommissioner

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.

Vernon Hartley
Mr. Vernon W. Hartley, Sr.

Mr. Vernon W. Hartley, Sr. is owner of Greentree Advantage, LLC, a veteran owned environmental consulting company in Jackson, MS. Throughout his 26 years of civil service, Commissioner Hartley has held positions as Environmental Administrator, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Solid Waste Manager for the City of Jackson. During a parallel 30-year Air Force Reserve career, he has held many management positions and facilitated leadership workshops throughout the United States.  Military decorations include Desert Storm/Shield Awards, Meritorious Service Medal, and two Air Force Commendation and Achievement Medals. Previous board experience includes President, Coastal Family Health Care Clinics and President, Keep Jackson Beautiful. Commissioner Hartley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Commissioner Hartley resides in West Jackson.

reed Evelyn O. Reed, Commissioner

Evelyn O. Reed received both her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees, with an emphasis in economics and finance, from Jackson State University. She retired, after 27 years of dedicated service, from the U. S. Probation Office, for the Southern District of Mississippi, as a Special Assistant. Commissioner Reed currently serves as an on-air personality at WXKI (KIXIE 107.5 FM), a local radio station. Ms. Reed received the prestigious Jackson Music Award (“The Jackie”) for “R&B Disc Jockey of the Year 2013” at the 39th Annual Jackson Music Awards. She is active in the community and serves as secretary for the Board of the Mississippi Association for the Preservation of Smith Robertson Museum and Alamo Theater, and is a former Board member of the Jackson Metropolitan YMCA. Commissioner Reed is an active member of the Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jackson State University Alumni Association, Leadership Greater Jackson (Class Representative), Capital City Toastmasters, and is also a graduate of Leadership Madison County. Ms. Reed regularly attends Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church.


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