Faculty & Staff Directory Profile

Mr. Tracy Cook

Departments and Positions:
Leadership, Chief of Staff
Staff, Chief of Staff
office 601.877.6111

A native of Fayette, Mississippi, Tracy Cook comes to Alcorn State University with more than 20 years of administrative experience. He graduated from Jefferson County High School in 1989 and embarked upon a rewarding athletic and scholastic journey at Alcorn. A scholar athlete, Cook received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1994 and master’s degrees in agronomy in 1996 and educational administration and supervision in 1998.

Before joining Alcorn, Cook worked in the capacity of superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, athletic director, and teacher in the local Jefferson and Claiborne County school districts.

He is a committed administrator with significant abilities and experiences in financial management, project management, negotiation and conflict resolution, data analysis, and professional development. While employed at the Jefferson County School District, Cook successfully managed more than $50 million budget and secured an additional $2 million to support student outcomes.

Cook’s preference for detail and general aptitude have afforded him the opportunity to serve on numerous professional organizations, namely, the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (Board of Directors), Mississippi Alliance of Black School Educators (Board of Directors), Mississippi Association of School Administrators (Member), Mississippi School Board Association (Board of Directors A P & C Trusts), Southern Regional Educational Service-Agency Consortium (Board of Directors), Program of Research & Evaluation for Public Schools (Advisory Committee), Parents’ Campaign Better Schools-Brighter Future (Member), Southwest Junior High Athletic Conference (Secretary), Mississippi High School Activities Association (Legislative and Executive Board of Directors), and the Copiah Lincoln Junior College Board of Trustees. Cook also co-founded the Southwest Mississippi Educator Conference.

In 2012, he was recognized as one of Alcorn’s 40 Under 40 honorees and in 2014 ranked among the University’s top 50 greatest football athletes. In 2015, Cook was inducted into Alcorn’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Currently, Cook is pursuing a terminal degree in higher education administration. He is married to the former Crystal N. Smith and they have two children, Kennedi and Casey.