Dr. Hank Bounds was selected by the Mississippi Board of Education Thursday to be the new state superintendent. He will succeed Dr. Henry Johnson, who will leave July 31 to become assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary schools at the U.S. Department of Education.
The 37-year-old Bounds is a native of Brooklyn in Forrest County. He has bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi.
Bounds started his career as a high school social studies teacher and an assistant football and track coach at Petal High and Forrest County Agricultural High. He first became a principal at his alma mater, Forrest County Agricultural High, when he was 25.
Bounds has been Pascagoula superintendent for four years. Bounds says he doesn't believe his youth will work against him because he has varied experience. The board had interviewed six candidates for the job.