Born on a farm in Learned, Mississippi, Dr. Sebetha Jenkins chose a life in education, inspired by her mother, a one room school principal. Jenkins refers to the racism, sexism, and ignorance she experienced along the way, as "backyard bumps".
In 1991, Jenkins was inaugurated as the first woman President of Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins. There had already been many firsts in her life, among them the first African American Administrator at both Mississippi State and the University of Akron.
After 50 years in education and 17 years at Jarvis, Dr. Jenkins will retire in December, leaving behind a legacy for not only African American women, but all students who appreciate education.