Superintendent of Loundes County, GA
Mr. Wes Taylor has served as the Superintendent of the Lowndes County School System since July 1, 2012. Prior to being named superintendent he served as a high school principal for 21 years. He believes that students need to be encouraged and challenged to do their best in each of their endeavors. He is a strong proponent of students being actively engaged in meaningful learning activities, and participating in extracurricular activities that interest them. He has established a culture of high expectations by striving for Excellence Every Day in academics, the arts, and athletics. Mr. Taylor states, “We strive to provide a quality education for each of our students, delivered by highly qualified, competent, and caring individuals in first-class facilities.”
In 2017 Mr. Taylor received the Georgia School Superintendents Association “Bill Barr Leadership Award” and was a finalist for the Georgia Superintendent of the Year. In 2011 he was selected by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as the National High School Principal of the Year and was also named as the 2010 Georgia High School Principal of the Year. He also received the “Professional Educator of the Year Award” and the “Outstanding Educator Award” from the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.
Mr. Taylor has served on the Governor’s Education Advisory Council, the Governor’s Education Finance Study Commission, the Governor’s Dual Enrollment Funding Taskforce, the Georgia State School Superintendents Advisory Council, and the Georgia School Superintendents Association Board of Directors. He has also served as a mentor for new superintendents, Executive Coach for new principals through Kennesaw State University, is an Advisor for the Valdosta State University Education Leadership Program, and serves on the University of Georgia College of Education Superintendents Advisory Council.
Mr. Taylor earned his educational Specialist degree from Florida State University, his Master’s from Georgia Southwestern State University, and his Bachelor’s from the University of Georgia.