STAFF KUDOS: Dean of Faculty Support Jeremy Burnett appointed to Lakeland School Board
Dean of Faculty Support Jeremy Burnett has added a new title to go along with an already busy and impressive academic resume – school board member.
Burnett was appointed to the Lakeland School Board by the Lakeland Board of Commissioners on June 26. He will serve the remaining 4-year term of Geoff Hicks, who moved from Lakeland in May and whose term expires in 2020. The Lakeland School Board consists of five elected commissioners who help set policy for the school system.
Burnett has been a resident of Lakeland since 2012 and is actively involved in his community, having served on the Board of Directors for the Lakeland Education Foundation, and more recently on the Economic Development Commission and Industrial Development Board.
“I’m so excited to serve my city in this role,” Burnett said. “Especially since the Lakeland School System and the City of Lakeland are moving forward with building a new high school. Funding should be in place for it later this year.”
Lakeland has 12,500 residents and 2,200 school age students. Residents formed their own school system in December 2013 after Memphis City Schools gave up their charter. The school system includes Lakeland Elementary and Lakeland Middle Preparatory, and officials are busy making plans to build a new $38 million high school by fall 2021. Lakeland’s Elementary school has been one of the top rated elementary schools in the state for the past several years and was also designated as a U.S. Dept. of Education National Blue Ribbon School in 2018. The Lakeland School System is also designated as an Exemplary School District with the State of Tennessee.
Burnett has been with Southwest since 2000 and has served as an instructor, assistant professor, department chair, and director in both distance education and faculty advising before assuming the role of dean of faculty support in 2017.
Outside of work, Burnett is the husband to Rachel and the father of three children, Andrew, 19, Anne, 10, and Addison, 6, and is a member of Faith Baptist Church where he volunteers in the pre-school ministry and is active in his Sunday school class. He also is involved in scouting as cubmaster, merit badge counselor, eagle mentor and troop committee chair with the Boy Scouts.
Burnett said he is excited to be a part of the work that has already been started to complete the K-12 school system with a new high school, which he believes will help sustain the positive growth in residential development and attract new businesses to Lakeland. He will be in a unique position to share his expertise in higher education to help shape the district’s dual enrollment program for the high school.
Congratulations, Jeremy, on your appointment. We know Lakeland schools will benefit greatly from your leadership.