Barbara U. Prescott
Dr. Prescott was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by Governor Bill Haslam, representing the eighth congressional district.
Before retiring, she enjoyed a varied career as professional counselor, consultant, educator, policy maker, and nonprofit executive. A Licensed Professional Counselor, she operated a private counseling practice for 35 years and co-authored a self-help book, My Heart Got Married And I Didn’t Know It. As Vice President of Allie Prescott & Partners, LLC, Dr. Prescott provided consulting to non-profit agencies in strategic planning, fundraising and leadership development. She began her career as a high school English teacher and also served as a junior high guidance counselor, central office administrator, elected school board member, and the Executive Director of PeopleFirst Partnership, a non-profit organization focused on policy and advocacy to improve educational outcomes from “cradle to career. In this role, Dr. Prescott was instrumental in Shelby County securing $35million in federal funding to expand and improve pre-k classrooms.
Dr, Prescott holds a Bachelor of Education and Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Systems from The Florida State University.
A three-term member of the Memphis City School Board, she held the positions of President and Vice President; was named to the All Tennessee School Board; earned the distinction of Master School Board member and served as 2002 President of the Tennessee School Boards Association. Dr. Prescott also served on the Steering Committee of SCORE, was Chair of the Transition Planning Commission charged with creating the merger plan for the Shelby County and Memphis City Schools and has held positions on many non-profit boards. She presently serves and was a past chair of The Salvation Army Advisory Board and sits on the University of Memphis National Alumni Board and the University of Memphis College of Education Dean’s Advisory Council.
In 2012, Dr. Prescott was named to the University of Memphis College of Education Hall of Fame and selected one of the university’s 100 Women of Influence. She was named one of “12 Who Made a Difference” in 2012 by The Commercial Appeal; honored by the Women’s Foundation for Greater Memphis with the Legends Award in 2013; and received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from her high school’s alumni association. In 2016, Dr. Prescott was recognized as a Champion of Education by the Shelby County Education Foundation and honored as a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Memphis.