Ruth Antoinette Batton Campbell
Ms. Ruth Batton Campbell is currently Deputy Director for the City of Jackson Department of Human and Cultural Services. She is a graduate of three State Institutions of Higher Learning, receiving an Associate Arts degree from Coahoma Junior College, a BS in Language Arts from Jackson State College, and a Master of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been a contributing member of the Jackson, Mississippi community for many years. She has served in a variety of capacities throughout her long and varied career as a professional. Her professional activities and humanitarian spirit have acted as a catalyst for numerous projects in the educational and civic arenas.
Ms. Campbell began her professional career as a public school teacher of Junior and Senior High School English and French. Later, she would teach in the area of speech and mass communications at the undergraduate level. For the most part her professional career would be spent with the Mississippi Educational Television Network (the statewide PBS affiliate), where she would serve as a host of the longest running minority-oriented public affairs series in the state, script-editor, producer/director, and would ultimately become Executive Producer for all Public Affairs programming at the network. After leaving ETV, Ms. Campbell served as Special Assistant/Scheduling to then Governor Ray Mabus, followed by four years as Associate Director of the Jackson State University Universities Center. Ms. Campbell retired after more than 25 years of service with the State of Mississippi and took a position with Trilogy Communications as Manager of Customer Service. Later she would serve as Public Relations Director for MetroCenter Mall, the largest superregional shopping center within a 200-mile radius of Jackson.
Ms. Campbell has a number of firsts to her credit. She was a founding member of the National Black Programming Consortium, Columbus, Ohio and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Central Mississippi Chapter, in Jackson, Mississippi. She was on the task force for the development of Jubilee Jam, a member of the premier class of Leadership Jackson, and produced and developed the first “Ball at the Mall,” a United Negro College Fund Fundraiser held in conjunction with the “Lou Rawls Parade of Stars National Telethon,” an activity which raised approximately $65,000 at its premier.
She has many awards, but is especially proud of the following: Humanitarian Awards, University of Southern Mississippi; Presidential Citation for Alumni of the Year Award, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO); “Into the Mainstream,” a Mental Health Media Award for the State follow-up production to the National PBS special “Back Wards to Back Streets;” Distinguished Leadership Award, Pearl Street AME Church; and The National Black Programming Consortium’s Founders Award.
Ms. Campbell serves on the Catholic Charities Advisory Board; The friends of Public Broadcasting, Mississippi Educational Television Network; and the 21st Century Community Learning Center Advisory Council.