After almost six months of searching, the Guthrie Board of Education has selected their new leader, who will lead Guthrie Public Schools into the future as the new superintendent of Guthrie Public Schools.
The board announced Dr. Mike Simpson as the new superintendent in a special meeting Tuesday evening. Simpson will begin his tenure in Guthrie on July 1st of this year.
A formal announcement is set for Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Administration building.
Simpson will take over duties from Terry Simpson, who announced on October 10th that he was retiring after 38 years in education, including the past 18 years in Guthrie and eight as the GPS Superintendent.
Mike Simpson, although shares the same last name as Terry Simpson are not related, has spent time as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and assistant superintendent. He has served as the assistant superintendent for the Ponca City school district since July 2008.
Simpson, 43, is married to Kelly and has a two-year-old daughter Abigail.
Prior to his arrival in Ponca City, Simpson served as the athletic director for eight years (2000-2008). He first got into education as a teacher and boys basketball coach at Apache High School before moving to the same position at Blackwell High School (1996-2000).
Simpson, who is originally from Stillwater, earned his PH.D from Oklahoma State University in December 2010. He graduated from OSU in 1991 with a Secondary Education major and a MA in Kinesiology from Sam Houston State in 1993.