Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

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Terry Holliday is Kentucky’s commissioner of education and serves on the Council as an exofficio, nonvoting member.  He came to Kentucky in August 2009 from Statesville, North Carolina, where he served as superintendent of the Iredell-Statesville school district since 2002.  During his tenure in North Carolina, he received recognition in a variety of areas, including being named 2009 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year; receiving the 2009 Grayson Medal for Innovation in Quality from the American Productivity Quality Council; being named the 2008 North Carolina Music Educators Association Superintendent of the Year; and selection as a 2008 Friend of NCAAHPERD, a physical education and health award. Under his leadership, the Iredell-Statesville school district received the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which was created by an act of Congress in 1987 to recognize companies, organizations, businesses, and other entities that have shown long-term improvement in quality and productivity. Dr. Holliday’s work as a school administrator led to the closing of achievement gaps and marked improvement in graduation rates and other student achievement measures.  Dr. Holliday’s other previous experience includes superintendent of the Transylvania County school system in Brevard, North Carolina; associate superintendent and director of accountability for Rock Hill School District 3 in York County, South Carolina; principal, assistant principal, and director of instrumental music for Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina; and band director at Northside Junior High, Parker High, and Gaffney High in South Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, a master’s degree and doctorate from Winthrop University, and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.


Last Updated 4/3/2013