Jahnae H. Barnett
President Jahnae H. Barnett began her career with William Woods University in 1973. She is the university's longest-serving president, having been inaugurated in 1990. She is also WWU's first female president. After receiving a B.S.E. degree at Arkansas State University, she earned an M.B.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. She served as a faculty member and chair of the business and economics division of William Woods from 1973 to 1983. She then served the university as vice president of admissions, retention, and development from 1983 to 1990.