Dr. Bonita R. Coleman, superintendent of the Ocean Springs School District, has been named as an at-large member to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Board of Trustees. Coleman was appointed in July.
Serving as superintendent in Ocean Springs since 2012, Coleman has worked in education her entire professional life. For more than 20 years, she served as a K-12 teacher and a visiting professor and scholar at several universities. She was the deputy superintendent at Prince George’s County Public Schools (Maryland), the nation’s 18th largest school district. Coleman also served several years as the associate state superintendent for academics for the Mississippi Department of Education and is currently a member of the State Superintendent of Education’s Superintendents Advisory Council, the Mississippi Superintendents Collaborative, and Mississippi Diverse and Learner Ready Council.
A native of Mississippi, Coleman graduated from Tougaloo College. She holds a master’s degree from The University of Mississippi and a doctorate in educational administration from Jackson State University. She is also a graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy.
MGCCC’s Board of Trustees has 23 members from its four-county district. Members are selected by each county’s Board of Supervisors.