Terry Holliday

Georgetown, KY – The 208 teachers who “walk” at Georgetown College’s Graduate Education commencement on Sunday, August 14 will get to hear a leader in their profession and one from right here in this state. Terry Holliday, Ph.D., who was selected as Kentucky’s fifth commissioner of education in July 2009, will be the speaker at 3 p.m. in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

Lisa Gross, the Kentucky Department of Education’s Director of Communications and Community Engagement, wrote in an e-mail:  “Commissioner Holliday recognizes the direct links between the work of P-12 educators and those in the higher education field. Our public schools must prepare students to enter college or careers and be successful, and colleges and universities must prepare their education majors for careers in the teaching field, so that they, in turn, can prepare students to be successful after high school.”

Gross said, “His address is likely to focus on those interconnections and the effect they have on Kentucky’s future economic status.”

Holliday served as superintendent of the more than 20,000-student Iredell-Statesville school district from 2002 until 2009. During his tenure, he has 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 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.

Holliday’s 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 education specialist degree from Winthrop University; and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

A native of Belton, SC, Holliday and his wife, Denise, are the parents of two children.