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New Petal school superintendent guest of honor at reception

New Petal school superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon (left) met parents and teachers at a reception Thursday night. New Petal school superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon (left) met parents and teachers at a reception Thursday night.
PETAL, MS (WDAM) -

Petal's new school superintendent was the guest of honor at a community reception Thursday night. Dr. Matt Dillon met with parents, students and fellow educators at the Petal Civic Center.

He comes to the Friendly City from Tupelo, where he was assistant superintendent of schools in that city.   

But, he's no stranger to the Pine Belt. He's a graduate of Columbia High School, Jones County Junior College and Southern Miss.

He received his graduate and doctorate degrees from Ole Miss.

"My leadership style is I'm very personable," said Dillon. "I'm a people person and I want to get to know the people on a face-to-face basis. So, this is exciting for me tonight to be a part of the community," he said.

Dillon's first day on the job is next Monday.

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