Dr. Ron Kirkland Named Director of Development at USJ

dr kirklandUniversity School of Jackson is excited to announce Dr. Ron Kirkland is taking on the role of Director of Development, beginning in mid-March. Dr. Kirkland, a retired ENT physician from The Jackson Clinic, has recently been assisting with development for the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Dr. Kirkland has been a vital member of the USJ community since the school’s conception. He was a founding member of the Board of Trustees when the school formed from the consolidation of Old Hickory Academy and Episcopal Day School.

“Watching those two institutions work together to form a place that pulled the strengths of both schools together was remarkable,” said Dr. Kirkland. “The hard work and financial support of those early years led to the USJ we have today.”

“History does have a way of repeating itself,” said Stuart Hirstein, USJ Head of School. “This is the 20th anniversary of the move to our current campus, and next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the consolidation of OHA and EDS. These are exciting times for our school and school community.”

All four of Dr. Kirkland’s children graduated from USJ, and he now has grandchildren at the school. While he has served USJ in multiple capacities including his responsibilities with the Board and his role as president of the Bruins Club twice over, this is his first time to work with the school in this capacity.

“I want to continue the good work of those who have given so much to the USJ community over the years,” said Dr. Kirkland. “Their efforts have made USJ the scholastic pillar that it is today.”

Other community efforts for Dr. Kirkland include more than 30 years in the Jackson Rotary Club and extensive work for the Tennessee Medical Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for Aspell Recovery Center since 2005 and A Step Ahead Foundation of West Tennessee since 2015.

“It’s easy to work in development when you believe in the cause at hand and love the place you are serving,” said Dr. Kirkland. “That’s why I am ready to take on this new role at USJ.”

Dear USJ parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, and friends:

University School of Jackson remains committed to the task of guiding our young people to reach their highest potential. Whether it may be in academics, athletics, fine arts or community service, we strive to develop the whole student by providing him or her with a positive learning environment. We hope that the relationship established with USJ will be one that lasts a lifetime.

Our school relies on the generous support of donors in order to continue on a path of excellence. Your gifts to USJ demonstrate a commitment to our students and reflect a confidence in the school’s ability to prepare them for their future. Whether large or small, these gifts have direct, positive impact on daily programming.

Please take some time to review the following pages. It is our hope that you will partner with USJ to ensure continued growth for our school and success for our students. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Cathy Garrett
Asst. Director of Development
University School of Jackson