JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi has a new state superintendent of education. Dr. Carey Wright is the founder and CEO of Wright Approach Consulting in Maryland, and a 36-year veteran administrator and teacher.
Wright was chosen to lead the Department of Education beginning November 1.
"The Board felt that Dr. Wright possessed all of the qualities we were seeking in the next state superintendent of education. She has a track record of strong leadership, instructional expertise and a commitment to ensuring all students achieve at high levels," said Hal Gage, Board vice chairman and chair of the search process. "Mississippi has made great strides in improving education over the last few years, and we believe we have selected the right person to build on this achievement."
Wright has spent the majority of her career in Maryland, which ranked first in the nation for five consecutive years, based on the 2013 Quality Counts report on educational quality.
"I feel there's a tremendous amount of untapped potential in the state," Wright said. "My background and experience are what drew me to apply for this position. I am honored to be selected as the next State Superintendent and am committed to doing whatever is necessary to create the finest educational system in our nation. The students of Mississippi deserve nothing less."
Wright has served as the associate superintendent for special education and student services in Montgomery County Public Schools and as the chief academic officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools.