Strickland to lead Ga. school system

From Staff Reports

   Former director of Elizabethton City Schools, Dr. Jessie Shields Strickland, has been named director of Bulloch County school system in Statesboro, Ga.
   The Bulloch County Board of Education selected Strickland as the new superintendent during their June 26 work session. Strickland will begin her three-year term as superintendent on July 7. The selection marks the first time in history that a woman will lead the Bulloch County school system.
   The Bulloch County school system has approximately 8,500 students and 1,400 employees and has an annual operating budget of $74 million.
   When selected as superintendent, Strickland was serving as an English teacher at Statesboro High School. She has served in that position for the past two years.
   Prior to teaching at Statesboro High, she served as an assistant professor for a year in the college of education at Georgia Southern University.
   Before coming to Georgia Southern, she served for five years as the director and superintendent of Elizabethton City Schools in Elizabethton. Prior to that position, she was the supervisor of instruction for the Elizabethton City Schools. Strickland has spent 34 years in educational teaching and leadership.
   Strickland earned her Ed.D. in 1992; her M.A. in Reading in 1973; and her B.S. in English with minors in health and history in 1969. All three degrees are from East Tennessee State University.
   She has authored several textbooks, national and international professional articles, and is a featured speaker and trainer at conferences on a regular basis and is active in several professional organizations. She has been recognized many times for her leadership.
   She was selected Distinguished Administrator of the Year by the Tennessee Education Association, Teacher of the Year by District I of Tennessee, and in 2000 was selected Superintendent of the Year for the state of Tennessee. Strickland has an endowed scholarship at East Tennessee State University and was inducted into the ETSU Alumni Honor and Elizabethton City Educators Hall of Fame.