Johnathan earns doctorate, credits Alcorn foundation

Johnathan earns doctorate, credits Alcorn foundation

Johnathan E. Page Sr., class of ’02, graduated from Jackson State University in December, earning a Ph.D. in educational leadership.

Page is an assistant principal at Clarksdale High School in Clarksdale, a post he’s held for the last three years.

Page earned a Bachelor of Arts in history education at Alcorn. He earned a master’s in social studies education and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Mississippi College. He began his career teaching U.S. and world histories at Yazoo City High School.

Deciding to attend Alcorn was an easy option for Page. The Charleston native grew up surrounded by Alcornites, including his father John Page Sr., who advocated for the school, a tradition he continues.

“I always advocate for Alcorn State University because they made me the person I am,” Page said. “I encourage students to visit colleges and not to attend a college solely because your friends are going. Choose a college that will help you become a productive citizen in a global society.”

While at Alcorn, Page was involved with social science clubs.

“The one thing I learned at Alcorn that made me a success is that nothing was given to me,” he said. “It was all earned. I had excellent professors who knew me by name and truly cared.”

He demonstrates the same concern for his students by reaching out to them, especially those who live in single-parent homes. He encourages students to take advantage of all available opportunities.

“Most single-parent homes usually only provide a female presence and not that much-needed male presence,” said Page, who grew up with both of his parents.

Page and his wife, Brandi McClain Page, class of ’04, have two girls and a boy. The family lives in Batesville.