Minority Superintendent Internship Program (MSIP)

Published: 5/5/2016 8:16 AM

The MSIP provides underrepresented members of ethnic minority groups with actual hands-on experiences as district leaders over a two-year program.  This non-traditional leadership development program recognizes the necessity for a pool of diverse individuals prepared to successfully meet the academic and fiscal challenges of accountability in our schools. 

Previous MSIP Participants


2012 - 2013 School Year

Three Kentucky Principals Named 2012 MSIP Interns

Three Kentucky principals will participate in the Minority Superintendent Internship Program (MSIP), an initiative designed to identify and train a pool of highly-qualified and highly-effective ethnic minority superintendent candidates for Kentucky's school districts.
After a rigorous application and interview process, the Kentucky Department of Education's Division of Next-Generation Professionals, in partnership with the newly desginated MSIP Advisory Council, nominated these three principals for participation:
  • Alvin Lee Garrision, Jr., principal of John Hardin High, Hardin County - Garrison has been principal of John Hardin High for the past six years.  He also served in the role of principal, assistant principal and social studies teacher.  Garrison has completed his university program and holds the Professional Certificate for Instructional Leadership-School Superintendent. 
  • Georgia Lee Hampton, principal of Indian Trail Elementary, Jefferson County - Hampton has served 14 years as a school administrator in elementary, middle and high schools.  She also has taught mathematics and science at the middle school level.  Hampton's work experience outside education include public relations, and she served in the U.S. Air Force.
  • Shervita L. West-Jordan, principal of Brandeis Math, Science and Technology Elementary, Jefferson County - West has been in the education field for 16 years.  She has been an elementary school teacher and serves as vice-president of the Jefferson County Association of Elementary School Principals.  West is enrolled in the Superintendent Certification Program through Eastern Kentucky University and is set to complete the program this December. 

The MSIP provides underrepresented members of ethnic minority groups with actual hands-on experiences as district leaders.  The three interns will begin the newly revised, two-year MSIP program in mid-November.

During this first year, they will continue in their current administrative assignments within their home districts and participate in the Kentucky Association of School Administrators' (KASA's) Next Generation Superintendent Intern Leadership Series for 2012-13.  The second year will be a Mentoring Partnership where the intern will actually step into the role of a superintendent.  The intern will be matched with a highly qualified and highly effective district superintendent and will complete the second year of the KASA Next Generation Superintendent Intern Leadership Series.  

The Minority Superintendent Intern Program (MSIP) was established in 2003 to train and support minorities who are interested in becoming school superintendents.


During the 2003-04 school year, three internships were awarded:

Elaine Farris, an elementary school director in Fayette County, interned with of Leon Mooneyhan, Shelby County superintendent. After completing the internship program, Farris became the first minority superintendent in Kentucky history when she accepted the position of superintendent for the Shelby County school district on July 1, 2004. Later, Farris served as Interim Education Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education. Ms. Farris is the first African American to hold this position. She currently serves as the superintendent for the Clark County school district.
Anthony Ray Sanders, principal at Highland Elementary in Christian County, interned with Stu Silberman, Daviess County superintendent.
Youlanda Washington, Ph.D., principal at Pierce Primary School in Fort Knox Community Schools, interned under the leadership of Blake Haselton, Oldham County superintendent.
During the 2004-05 school year, KDE awarded two internships:
Aundrea Locke, an assistant principal in the Ft. Knox Community Schools, interned with Janice Lantz, Nelson County superintendent and Blake Haselton, Oldham County superintendent.
Diane Woods, middle school director in Fayette County, interned with Roger Marcum, Marion County superintendent and Stu Silberman, Fayette County superintendent. Woods served as the superintendent for Campbellsville Independent school district until her retirement in 2009.
During the 2007-08 school year, the department awarded the internship to:
Demetria Choice, principal for the Northern Kentucky Education Cooperative, interned with Tim Hanner, Kenton County superintendent.  Choice is currently serving as a principal in the Christian County school district.
During the 2008-09 school year, the department awarded two internships to:
Donald W. Smith, instructional leader for Harrodsburg/Mercer County Public Schools, interned with Richard Webb, superintendent of Burgin Independent Schools. Smith was actively involved in the transition of the Harrodsburg and Mercer County merger. In the spring of 2009, Smith accepted the position of superintendent in the Marion County School District. He is the first African American male to become a superintendent in Kentucky.
Wade Standfield, assistant principal at Henry Clay High School in Fayette County, completed his internship in Fayette County Public Schools.
During the 2010-11 school year, the department awarded one internships to:
Ann Lyttle-Burns, Ph.D., coordinator of home and hospital services and several other special programs for Fayette County public school students, interned under Superintendent Elaine Farris, superintendent with Clark County public schools. Lyttle-Burns recently received the Outstanding School Administrator of the Year Award.
Jennifer Baker
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Next Generation Professionals
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY  40601
(502) 564-1479
Fax (502) 564-6470