In the eagerly-watched Superintendent of Education race, Jim Ferguson and Cory Uselton are both veteran educators vying to become leader of Mississippi’s largest and fastest-growing school system, with 33,000-plus students in 42 schools across DeSoto County.
Ferguson, 45, is the Chief Academic Officer for High Schools for the DeSoto County School District. Ferguson taught mathematics from 1990 until 2000 at Horn Lake High School. He was named principal of Horn Lake High School in 2003. Ferguson was named DeSoto County Schools “Administrator of the Year” and was a former “Chickasaw Conference Baseball Coach of the Year.”
Ferguson is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.
Uselton, 46, is principal at DeSoto Central High School, where he has served since 2009. He has also served as Principal at Senatobia High School. Uselton has served as Assistant Principal at Horn Lake High School and both taught and coached basketball at Hernando, Charleston and Pontotoc high schools before moving into school administration. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the University of Mississippi in the university’s College of Education. Uselton was named the State of Mississippi’s “Principal of the Year” in 2014.
Uselton has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Memphis, a master’s degree in Education from Delta State University, and a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.