HPSD appoints new superintendent, former Biloxi assistant superintendent

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This is a statement released from HPSD's Board President Marcus Cathey.

The HPSD Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Janice Johnson to be the new superintendent for the Hattiesburg Public School District. Dr. Johnson was the assistant superintendent for Biloxi Public Schools for the past four years and has been in education for over two decades. She has experience in administration, classroom instruction, federal programs, and curriculum.

Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. and an Ed.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. from William Carey, and earned her B.A. from Alcorn State University. Her extensive knowledge and wealth of experience in multiple areas of administration along with her innovative leadership abilities make her an excellent choice to lead HPSD.

The selection process was a long and thorough one, which included vetting a large pool of candidates and gathering a variety of community input and feedback. We are confident that Dr. Johnson ultimately is the best fit for the needs of HPSD, our students and staff.

I am excited to have her lead our district. She was a strong candidate with a proven track record of accomplishment in district leadership and student achievement.

We appreciate all of the input, comments, feedback, and interest that the community has provided throughout this process. I hope the community will continue that support for Dr. Johnson as she begins her work here in Hattiesburg.

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