- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2014

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett has been hired as dean of William Carey University’s School of Education.

Burnett fills a space vacant at William Carey since Barry Morris stepped down last summer as permanent dean to become chair of the department of curriculum and instruction. Burnett will take over the job June 1.

The 49-year-old Burnett is in his second term as superintendent in Lamar County. Burnett has been with the Lamar County school system for 26 years as a teacher and principal, in addition to superintendent.

Burnett says he will bring his knowledge of K-12 education to William Carey, in particular his experience with the new accountability model and teacher evaluation system.

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