Patsy Jenkins is chair of the Department of Education at Louisiana State University of Alexandria. She has worked in diverse positions in education, including as a classroom teacher, principal, director of elementary education, director of personnel, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Jenkins has also served on many state and district committees, developed and presented workshops, written numerous manuals and handbooks and is active in professional and civic organizations. Jenkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and a Master of Education in administration and supervision, both from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. She earned a doctorate in education, specializing in middle and early childhood studies, from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.