Allison Morris | News

PINEY WOODS, MS – The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson announced three newly elected members of their Board of Trustees. Among them is Piney Woods School president Willie L. Crossley Jr.

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson is a community corporation created by and for the people of Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties in Mississippi. The nonprofit organization assists charitable donors in establishing permanent giving funds that reflect individual philanthropic interests, while also making a long-term, positive impact on their community.

Crossley is the first Piney Woods School alumnus to serve as president in the school’s 107-year history. He previously served as senior adviser in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, as chief counsel for the Democratic National Committee and as an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and a master of education in school administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

About The Piney Woods School Founded in 1909, the mission of The Piney Woods School is to is to provide excellence in education within a Christian community through creation of an exceptional academic model which supports the tenet that all students can learn, develop a strong work ethic, and lead extraordinary lives through academic achievement and responsible citizenship, but might not have the opportunity to do so for financial or other reasons. Encompassing 2,000 acres, the campus includes a 500-acre instructional farm, five lakes, managed timberland, and Mississippi’s only rock garden amphitheatre. Our reputation for academic excellence attracts students from all over the world. Here, the past provides a foundation for the future.