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Dr. Terry Holliday

Senior Advisor, Education


Dr. Terry Holliday is a Senior Advisor in the Education Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.

Dr. Holliday has 40 years of classroom teaching and education leadership in district, state and national roles.  Most recently, Dr. Holliday served as the fifth Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, where he created innovative programs, led high student performance and brought national recognition to the state for its education improvement efforts.

He is the board chairman of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and serves on the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

Dr. Holliday was appointed to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card.  Dr. Holliday was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Board of Overseers of the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program, which consists of distinguished leaders from all sectors of the U.S. economy, is appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to advise the Department of Commerce on the Baldrige Program.

Dr. Holliday previously served as Superintendent of Iredell-Statesville school district, where he earned the North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Award as well as the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which was created by an act of Congress to recognize organizations with long-term improvement in quality and productivity.  Dr. Holliday has held many positions in school systems since 1972, including director of accountability, and school principal.

Dr. Holliday earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, a master’s degree and education specialist degree from Winthrop University, and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

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