HPSD superintendent resigns on first day in office

HPSD superintendent resigns on first day in office

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The newly appointed superintendent for the Hattiesburg Public School District resigned Friday.

In a statement written by HPSD Board President Marcus Cathey, Janice Johnson, submitted her resignation "citing personal and family obligations that would prevent her from effectively fulfilling her responsibility as superintendent."

Friday was Johnson's first official day in office.

The board accepted her resignation, and Robert Williams will be stepping in as the interim superintendent.

According to the statement, Williams has many years of experience in education and military and was one of the candidates in the superintendent search.

"Because of his wealth of experience, knowledge of the district and administrative skill set, we are confident in his ability to lead the district in this new role as interim-superintendent," Cathey said in the statement.

On June 22, HPSD announced that Johnson was the new superintendent.