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Dr. J. Howard Hinesley is a lifelong professional educator with more than four decades of experience in public education. A Georgia native, he holds a doctorate degree from the University of Alabama.

He began his career as a classroom teacher in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His first administrative job was Director of Exceptional Student Education in Brevard County, Florida. His career path took him to a similar position in Pinellas County before he was promoted to Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. He also served as Deputy Superintendent before being named Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools in 1990, a position he held for fourteen years.

During his years as an administrator, Dr. Hinesley has participated in leadership training programs at the University of Southern California and Harvard University, and he completed the Chief Executive Officer Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Dr. Hinesley has received numerous recognitions and awards, including two in recent years. He received the Education Excellence in Leadership Award from the Education Research and Development Institute, and in 2011 received the Chester James Award for Character and Ethics awarded at the St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. He was also named Florida’s Superintendent of the Year while serving in Pinellas County, Florida.

During his career, Dr. Hinesley has served in leadership positions in both professional and civic organizations. Some of these include Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of Pinellas County and the West Central Florida Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he served as President of the National Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Florida District Superintendents Association, and the Florida High School Athletics Association.

On July 1, 2005, Dr. Hinesley began his tenure as the Superintendent of Cartersville City Schools, and is an active member of the Cartersville community. He is a member of the Cartersville Rotary Club, the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce, and is Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia Education Coalition.

Dr. Hinesley is credited with starting the successful GateKey Scholarship Program designed to serve at-risk students. The success of the local program generated interest from Georgia’s governor who modeled a statewide scholarship program called REACH after the GateKey program.

Dr. Hinesley and his wife Susan have three adult children and two grandchildren. They are active members of Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist church.