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Simpson County School District Appoints
Dr. Toriano Holloway as Superintendent

Mendenhall, MS (April 19, 2021) — The board members of the Simpson County School District (SCSD) today announced the appointment of Toriano Holloway, Ph.D. as the new Superintendent. Dr. Holloway is replacing Greg Paes who is retiring in June.

Dr. Toriano Holloway, newly appointed Simpson County School Superintendent, is congratulated by SCSD President Danny Cowart.

“We are excited to announce Dr. Holloway as our Superintendent for the Simpson County School District,” said Danny Cowart, Board President, Simpson County School District. “We had a total number of 16 candidates apply for the position from across the United States, Mississippi, and the SCSD. The Mississippi School Boards Association vetted and presented each candidate. After the extensive process, Dr. Holloway emerged as the best candidate to move the SCSD forward. Dr. Holloway brings the education and experience that does not require on-the-job training to begin meeting the goals set by the SCSD Board. Please join me in welcoming and supporting Dr. Holloway as the Superintendent of Simpson County Schools.”

Dr. Holloway has 23 years of experience in the field of education — 19 of those years have been in various administrative positions. His prior experience also includes teaching and coaching. He currently serves as the Superintendent for Quitman School District.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the Simpson County School District,” Dr. Holloway said. “I look forward to working with the board, faculty, staff, and community to provide our students an exceptional education experience in our district. Simpson County is a great community, and I look forward to contributing to its success.”

Dr. Holloway is a board member of the East Mississippi Center for Educational Development and a previous board member of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents. He was nominated as Principal of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals (2009) and was selected as Outstanding Educational Leader by the Mississippi Faith-Based Coalition (2009).

Dr. Holloway is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he received a master’s degree and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational administration. Dr. Holloway is a graduate of the MSBA Prospective Superintendent Leadership Academy (PSLA), National Institute for School Leaders Superintendent’s Academy, Harvard Institute for Superintendents and District Leaders, National Institute for School Leadership Executive Training for School Leaders, Flippen Leadership Series Human Performance, Safe and Civil Schools Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, College Board AP for School Administrators, Harvard Principals’ Institute Leadership: An Evolving Vision, and Mississippi Department of Education Orientation for School Leaders.

Dr. Holloway is set to begin his leadership of the Simpson County School District on July 1, 2021. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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