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The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is a prestigious, public high school specifically designed for academically gifted and talented students across the state.

State Board of Education Names Dr. Donald Cook MSMS Executive Director

The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has named Donald Cook, Ed.D. as the Executive Director of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS). As Executive Director, his responsibilities will include overseeing all operations, functions, and activities at MSMS, including coordinating long- and short-range planning; development and implementation of policies; and providing direction for financial, personnel, academic, admissions, and student services matters.

Dr. Cook is a 1990 graduate of the inaugural class at MSMS. He received a bachelor’s in psychology/pre-med from Mississippi State University in 1994, a master’s in science education from Mississippi College in 1997, and a doctorate in education from Liberty University in 2018.

He began his education career in 1996 as a chemistry/physics teacher at Northwest Rankin Attendance Center in Brandon, Mississippi. He later returned to MSMS, serving in a variety of roles, including chemistry instructor and assistant resident hall director. He currently works as an instructor at Southern Union State Community College in Opelika, Alabama, and is a science teacher at Newman High School in Newman, Georgia. 

Rick Smith has served as Interim Executive Director since December 1. Dr. Cook will begin his role as Executive Director June 1, 2022.

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