Jamie sets the strategic vision for SCORE, leads SCORE’s executive team, and builds and strengthens SCORE’s partnerships with leaders in education in Tennessee and across the nation. She has been at the forefront of Tennessee’s work to raise student achievement and prepare all students for success in postsecondary education and the workforce.
Before joining SCORE in 2011, Jamie served in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly. During her 12 years in the Senate, where she was chairman of the Education Committee and speaker pro tempore, she spearheaded efforts to identify and support effective teaching, raise academic expectations for Tennessee students, turn around low-performing schools, and support student-focused innovation. In addition, she was a key leader in Tennessee’s work to transform public higher education by aligning Tennessee’s postsecondary system and the state’s economic goals through changes in academic, fiscal, and administrative policies.
She supports student-focused education policy and practice by serving on the boards of the University of Tennessee; PIE (Policy Innovators in Education) Network, where she is chairman; and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and University Association, where she is vice-chairman. She is an alumna of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows, Leadership Knoxville, Leadership Tennessee, and the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.
Jamie also serves as co-chair of the Knight Commission on Media, Trust, and Democracy. She is a member of the Tennessee Wildlife Commission, where she formerly was chairman; the Tennessee Business Roundtable Board of Directors; the University of Tennessee Political Science Advisory Board; and the University of Tennessee Knoxville Alumni Board.
Jamie grew up in Tennessee, attended Shelby County public schools, and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She was selected as a “Torchbearer,” the highest honor a UTK undergraduate can receive.