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September 29, 2020

TIPTON NAMED INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT

Dr. Tony Tipton

The Jackson County Board of Education announced the hiring of Dr. Tony Tipton as interim superintendent at their monthly meeting on July 28. A 35-year veteran of public education, Tipton will assume the role currently held by Dr. Kimberly Elliott who will retire on September 1.

“I have worked with Dr. Tipton on the regional superintendents’ council, and he has always demonstrated caring leadership,” Elliott said.

Board Chairperson Ali Large said experience was an important factor in choosing Tipton. “He has been a fifth grade teacher, a middle school teacher, a high school teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal,” Large said. “We are excited for him to bring that experience to Jackson County Public Schools.”

Tipton, a former Region 8 Superintendent of the Year, retired in 2019 after nearly eight years as Superintendent of Yancey County Schools. 

“Jackson County Schools has a well-respected reputation across western North Carolina, and I am pleased to be part of this hard-working team,” Tipton said. “While the upcoming year will be anything but normal, we will be committed to providing the best and safest instruction possible for students and staff.”

Tipton and his wife Barbara have been married for 41 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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