Barbara U. Prescott

8th Congressional District
Barbara Prescott

Dr. Barbara Prescott was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by Governor Bill Haslam, representing the eighth congressional district.

Prescott is presently the Executive Director of PeopleFirst Partnership, the education and talent arm of Memphis Fast Forward.  As Executive Director, she leads the organization in identifying and advocating for “breakthrough” initiatives to improve educational outcomes in Memphis and Shelby County.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and prior to taking the position with PeopleFirst, she actively served as Vice President of Allie Prescott & Partners, LLC,. At AP&P, she provided human relations and management consultation in the non-profit, small business, faith and education communities.  She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. from The Florida State University.

Dr. Prescott is a former three term member of the Memphis City School Board where she served twice as President and Vice President.  She also sat on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee School Boards Association; was named to the All Tennessee School Board in 1999; chaired the Ethics Advisory Board in 2000-2001; earned the distinction of Master School Board member and served as the 2002 President of the Tennessee School Board Association.  For a number of years she was an instructor for TSBA’s Vision Academy and the Board/ Superintendent Relations Academy.

Additionally, Dr. Prescott operated a private counseling practice for over 30 years and was an Associate of Life Quest Counseling Center at Lindenwood Christian Church for more than ten years. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and the American Association of Christian Counselors. She has co-authored with Lora Jobe the book, My Heart Got Married And I Didn’t Know It, which is a self-help book that looks at the effects of long-term relationships.

Involved in the community, in 2011, Dr. Prescott was appointed and served as Chair of the Transition Planning Commission, which was charged by Tennessee statute with creating the plan for the merger of the Shelby County and Memphis City Schools.  She presently serves on the boards for New Leaders New Schools and The Salvation Army, where she chairs the Advisory Council of The Salvation Army’s Joan and Ray Kroc Community Center.  Previously she held positions on the Board of Trustees of Christ United Methodist Church; the boards of Girls Incorporated and Memphis Collegiate School; and was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Memphis College of Education.  In 2012, she was named to the first University of Memphis College of Education Hall of Fame and selected as one of the University of Memphis 100 Women of Influence. In 2013 she was honored with the Woman’s Foundation Legends Award for her work in the field of education.



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