University School of Jackson

Board of Trustees

The board sets policy and focuses on long-range and strategic issues. The primary role of the board is to hire, oversee, and evaluate annually the Head of School and to uphold USJ's mission and values.


Chairman: John Whybrew
Vice Chairman: Geoffrey Lindley
Secretary: Ashby Scott
Treasurer: Matt Fite


Caroline Campbell
Jennifer Craig
Brian Dougan
Matt Fite
Anita Hamilton
Darrell King
Geoffrey Lindley
Steve Maroney
Preston Miller
James Robinson
Ashby Scott
Trey Teague
Kathryn Tucker
John Whybrew

Robert G. Lamons, President
Jerry D. Kizer, Jr., Vice President
Bill Ennis, Treasurer
Martha Truell, Secretary
Robert E. Alderson
Harbert Alexander
Bruce Bledsoe
Brenda Bruhn
Cole Dowsley
J. Woody Forbes
Charles S. Foster
Charles A. Jackson
Ron Kirkland
Phyllis Maley
John E. McCutchen
Martha W. Sharpe
Gordon Sipes
Matt Thomson
Hunter Welles

1987-1988 Robert G. Lamons
1988-1990 Jerry Kizer
1990-1991 Buster Ferguson
1991-1992 David Fite
1992-1993 Carl Kirkland
1993-1995 Carolyn Epps
1995-1997 Jim Campbell
1997-2000 Richard Fite
2000-2001 Tom Reed
2001-2004 Gary Taylor
2004-2006 John Burleson
2006-2008 Charlie Garrett
2008-2010 Dale Thomas
2010-2012 Anita Hamilton
2012-2014 Steve Maroney
2014-2016 Richard Ayers
2016- John New

1987-1989 Kim Barton
1989-1993 Verne Hawes
1993 James Vaught
1993-1994 Carolyn Epps*
1994-2001 Don Coffey
2001-2006 Steve Maloan
2006-2007 Don Coffey*
2007-2013 Clay Lilienstern
2013-Stuart Hirstein
*denotes interim position

Robert Alderson
Bill Ennis
Carl Kirkland
Jerry Kizer
John McCutchen
Tom Reed
Gordon Sipes
Hunter Welles

For More Information

Becky Baskin
Assistant to the Head of School

[email protected]


Ayers Duo to Lead The Way to a New Lady Bruins Legacy


The University School of Jackson’s Director of Athletics Michael Stroup announces Joel Ayers as the new head coach for the Lady Bruins basketball and softball programs. He will be joining the Bruin family along with his wife, Ashley, who will serve as the assistant basketball coach...

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USJ Announces New Baseball Stadium Name


In the Spring of 2022, the Bruins will be playing baseball in Overton Stadium! At the conclusion of the current baseball season, renovations will begin on the current University School of Jackson baseball complex. USJ is able to start this project so soon due to the generosity of John and Whitney...

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Martha Sheffield To Assume New Administrative Roles at USJ


The University School of Jackson announces that Martha Sheffield will join the USJ administrative team full-time on August 1 as the new Assistant to the Athletics Director and as our Alumni Relations Coordinator. Martha is currently the Head Volleyball Coach for the Lady Bruins, and she will continue coaching in addition...

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USJ Announces New Lower School Director Cynthia Kirsch


The University School of Jackson is very pleased to announce Cynthia Kirsch’s hiring as its new Lower School Director. Mrs. Kirsch brings an extensive background in independent schools, from having attended one herself from Pre-K through 12th grade to serving 20+ years in leading independent lower schools in Dallas...

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