New Superintendent Hired

The Mississippi State Board of Education has hired a new superintendent to succeed Dr. Richard Thompson, who announced his resignation recently.

The vote was unanimous to hire Dr. Henry Johnson, 56, of North Carolina.

Johnson is currently an associate superintendent, in charge of instructional and accountability services.

"He's had tremendous experience working with accountability systems and with an accreditation assessment model like we're using in Mississippi," said Kenny Bush, chairman of the state board of education. "He has tremendous leadership abilities. His skills and talent for bringing together different coalitions including superintendents, school board members, parents and others, to further education stood out to make him the prime candidate for this position."

Johnson is the first African-American to be appointed state superintendent of education in Mississippi. He begins the job on Aug. 1.