Holley named as Tyrrell Schools superintendent

Published 12:37 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018

From Tyrrell Board of Education

(Editor’s note: The Tyrrell County Board of Education released the following statement on Sept. 27.)

The Tyrrell County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Mr. Oliver A. Holley as the next Superintendent of the Tyrrell County Schools (TCS). Mr. Holley will take office on October 15, 2018.

During the search process, the Board carefully reviewed applications from a diverse field of 38 excellent candidates. Although many qualified candidates applied, the Board felt that Mr. Holley’s experience, leadership, and dedication to students would best serve Tyrrell County Schools students, staff, and the community for years to come. The Board is confident that Mr. Holley will lead the school system to even higher achievement.

Mr. Holley has enjoyed a successful career in public education in North Carolina for more than 17 years. Since 2016, he has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Perquimans County Schools System, overseeing the overall success and daily operation of the department. In Perquimans he also serves on the Curriculum and Instruction Team, Superintendent Leadership Cabinet, and District Safety Team.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Holley served as a middle school principal, assistant principal, Dean of Students in several elementary school programs, and curriculum intervention specialist at Northampton County High School-East, all in the Northampton County School System (2008-2012.)

Mr. Holley also served as Director of Afterschool Programs in Weldon City Schools (2004-2006.) Mr. Holley began his career as a teacher in Bertie County. In 2001, Mr. Holley was named Bertie County New Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Holley has an impressive academic background as well, including a bachelor’s degree in English from Elizabeth City State University in 2001. After this he earned a master’s degree in School Administration from Cambridge College, in Cambridge, MA. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Mr. Holley to serve on the North Carolina Teacher and State Employee Retirement Commission Board of Trustees in February of this year. Mr. Holley is the current State President of the Principal and Administrators Division of the North Carolina Association of Educators. He is married to Natasha Holley, and together they have two children.

Mr. Holley looks forward to leading the Tyrrell County School System and becoming an active member of the community. The Board is confident that he will continue to implement the Board’s vision of the school system and build upon the progress of the current administration.

Mr. Holley has issued the following statement about the position: “I am honored and humbled to be chosen to lead Tyrrell County Schools. I look forward to meeting and speaking with students, staff, parents, and community members to begin learning about the great things happening in Tyrrell County Schools and how we can work together to achieve at even higher levels.”

Please join the Board in welcoming Mr. Oliver A. Holley as the new Superintendent of the Tyrrell County Schools and welcoming him and his family to our community at a reception to be held at the Tyrrell County Board of Education Building on October 10th, from 5 to 7 p.m. to greet Mr. Holley and his family.