Jamie Woodson 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-plus years in the legislature, she served as chairman of the Senate Education Committee and Senate speaker pro tempore. Jamie 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 with the state’s economic goals.
In 2018, in recognition of her track record of leadership in education, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Jamie to the Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee. She also serves on the board of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and University Association, where she is vice-chairman; is a member and former chairman of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission; and a member of the Tennessee Business Roundtable Board of Directors, The University of Tennessee Political Science Advisory Board, and The University of Tennessee Knoxville Alumni Board.
Nationally, she supports student-focused education policy and practice by serving on the board of the PIE (Policy Innovators in Education) Network, where she is chairman. She serves as national co-chair of the prestigious Knight Commission on Media, Trust, and Democracy, examining ways to restore public trust in our most important democratic institutions.
Jamie grew up in West Tennessee, attended Shelby County public schools, and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While in college, Jamie was selected as a “Torchbearer,” the highest honor a UTK undergraduate can receive.