Dr. James Baxter is a Tennessee native and experienced educator. James was born in Nashville where his mother worked as a maid in private homes and also at the Hermitage hotel. He is the only of seven children to graduate from high school. Baxter went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Lane College and a master’s degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, where he also earned his doctorate in education administration and supervision. He also served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. Baxter has taught history and social studies in Jackson and Bolivar and U.S. history at Jackson State Community College and Tennessee State University. He also has served as principal at Milan Middle School as well as at Jefferson Elementary School in Fayette County. Dr. Baxter also serves as pastor at Blairs Chapel C.M.E. Church in Jackson. He is married to wife Avis and has a daughter, Nicole, and son-in-law, Alex, four grandchildren and one very spoiled Jack Russell Terrier.