I know that it has been a while since my last post and I know that there are a lot of negative statements being made about our Agency.  Below is the official Press Release issued by the Board of Cosmetology today…




Jackson, MS – January 23, 2018


The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology is thankful to the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office for their assistance as the Board works to implement changes to better serve Mississippians.  The Board will continue to assist the Auditor’s Office regarding the compliance of the Agency.  The Auditor’s Office completed their audit and findings for the Agency based on an investigation for FY2017 (July, 2016 – June, 2017).  We are appreciative that the Auditor’s office did note that many of their findings and recommendations have had policies implemented by the Board before the report’s release. The Board will formally reply to the Auditor’s Office findings next week.

In July, 2017, Sharon Clark was hired as the Executive Director and worked with the Board in implementing changes to the office.  Governor Phil Bryant appointed three (3) new Board members, Donald Vaughn (June, 2017), Deborah Coker (June, 2017) and Hilda Bills (July, 2017).  Dorothy Ennis was elected as President and Darlene Smith as Secretary.   

Effective July 1, 2017, the Board no longer accepts cash payments.  The backlog of licenses from Fiscal Year 2017 were processed and mailed out by August 15, 2017.  The Board has been current on license renewals since August, 2017 and remains current.  If payments were returned as non-sufficient during the timeframe of Fiscal Year 2017, the Agency is not assessing a returned check fee.  The Board is completing the final phases to implement online renewals that will be available thru the Agency website.

The Board has replaced its personnel at several key positions with experienced and qualified individuals.  Internal reviews of travel and leave were conducted and policies were adopted to modify and restrict any abuses of state time and money.  A policy has been put in place to ensure that all funds are deposited daily with financial reports provided to Board Members at monthly meetings.  In addition, all office staff have been bonded to protect the state’s interest.  Minutes are prepared within one week of the meeting and are available for review.  Procurement policies are strictly enforced. 

The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology would like to apologize to the licensees of Mississippi for any inconvenience this has caused.  The Board looks forward to moving in a positive direction.  Cosmetology has a new Executive Director, new Board leadership and a new vision for the future. 


4 Comment(s)

  • by Sara Kale Posted January 23, 2018 7:02 pm

    Thanks for the update, although I’m no longer employed there,
    I do appreciate our Board and pray for their success

  • by VICKI MURRAY Posted January 23, 2018 7:04 pm

    Thinks so much I would like to take my test again I fill it three time’s n I don’t no what to do no more

    • by Melvin Calton Posted January 25, 2018 12:57 am

      Ms. Vicki.. It all depends on the length of time that you have been graduated from school.. If it has been less than (1)yr you are only required to go back to school and get assistance in what your failed. The school would verify that assistance in writing to State Board… If you have been out of school for more than (1) yr but less than (3) yrs you will need the 150 hours of brush up training.. If you have been out of school for more than (3) yrs you would need 375 hours of brush up training.

  • by Kathy Tollison Posted January 24, 2018 11:10 pm

    MSBC has made many improvements but with all state and federal documentation; it may take additional time therefore to get information corrected, submitted, and documented. Please be patient!

    Ms Vicki, if you failed your MSBC test through Pearson Vue three consecutive times, you will need to go back to your school and enroll in 150 brush up hours. Once completed and your college submits your info, then you will need to be your testing fees again and schedule your test. Hopefully this was helpful!

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