Principal Corps

The University of Mississippi


Susan BarteeRoSusan D. Bartee, Ph.D.


The author or editor of three books and more than 40 journal articles, RoSusan Bartee was the first African American to obtain the rank of full professor in educational leadership at UM. She is currently on sabbatical and serving as interim vice president of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities.

Tom BurnhamTom Burnham, Ed.D.

Interim Director, Principal Corps

After more than 30 years in public education—including serving twice as Mississippi state superintendent of education and as superintendent in Biloxi and Hendersonville, NC—Tom Burnham currently serves as the interim director of the Principal Corps. He is the program’s primary administrator and teaches courses on leadership and organizational management.

Dennis BunchDennis Bunch, Ed.D.

Interim Coordinator of Educational Leadership

Associate Professor

With more than 25 years’ experience in public education, Dennis Bunch has been a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent in school districts in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. He previously served as director of the Tennessee Academy for School Leaders while earning his doctorate at Vanderbilt University.

Doug DavisDoug Davis, Ph.D.

Interim Director of Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership

Associate Professor

A former history teacher and administrator in Louisiana, Doug Davis is an expert in teacher assessment and professional development. He has published work in many academic journals and has presented research on leadership and educational philosophy at more than 50 national conferences. Davis also serves as interim director of doctoral programs in educational leadership.

Susan McClellandSusan McClelland, Ph.D.

Chair of Teacher Education

Associate Professor

Susan McClelland became the Principal Corps’ first director in 2009 and supervised four successful cohorts. A former English teacher, principal and assistant superintendent, she currently serves as chair of the UM Department of Teacher Education.

Denver J. Fowler, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Denver J. Fowler has served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and administrator in  P-12 settings for over a decade. He was named the 2015 State Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Ohio and nominated for the National Assistant Principal of the Year. His research interests include ethics, leadership and research on the superintendency.

Ryan NiemeyerRyan Niemeyer, Ph.D.

Interim Chair of Leadership & Counselor Education

Associate Professor

Ryan Niemeyer serves as interim chair of the Department of Leadership & Counselor Education and as director of the UM Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program. He previously served as the co-director of the Mississippi Teacher Corps and has served as a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools. His research interests include educational law and policy issues.