Council Member

Pearl Strickland Pennington

Director of Student Affairs, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning


3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Tel: 601-432-6432; Fax: 601-432-6978

Mrs. Pearl Strickland Pennington has devoted her professional career to promoting post-secondary education awareness, access, and equity. She has worked in higher education for more than twenty years taking the lead on various innovative initiatives.

Mrs. Pennington is involved in collaborative P-20 programs aimed at getting education right for students of all ages. A native of Pachuta, Mississippi, Mrs. Pennington was born and raised in Clarke County where she attended school and graduated from Quitman High School. Mrs. Pennington holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tougaloo College and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Jackson State University. Mrs. Pennington currently serves as Director of Student Affairs within the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, for the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Her areas of responsibility include admission standards, student affairs, developmental education, and initiatives targeted at providing access and equity for all students.

Because Mrs. Pennington is a first generation college student, she can communicate firsthand the benefits of a college education and the importance of early preparation for college. She has served on numerous task forces and special committees such as dual enrollment, articulation, teacher quality enhancement, access to the baccalaureate degree, developmental education, the Nissan Scholarship selection committee and the IHL Black History Month Faculty Recognition selection committee.