Dorsey E. Hopson, II, Esq., was appointed by the Shelby County Board of Education to serve as Superintendent of the unified school district (Shelby County Schools).
Hopson was voted as Interim Superintendent of Memphis City Schools following the resignation of Dr. Kriner Cash in January 2013. In March, he accepted the same role with Shelby County Schools when former Superintendent John Aitken resigned. In May, the Board voted to delay its national superintendent search until fall 2013 and asked Superintendent Hopson to lead the unified district until a search is renewed.
"I am humbled and honored that the Board has placed such trust and confidence in me," Hopson stated. “I will work to ensure that all students of our new unified district continue the strong academic gains they have demonstrated.”
In a very short period, Hopson’s strong leadership has been evident throughout the critical processes of staffing the unified district and crafting a unified district budget for the 2013-14 school year ahead of the July 1 merger date.
A native Memphian, Hopson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Georgia State University College of Law in 1998, where he ranked number 12 in his class.
Before being named Superintendent, Hopson served as general counsel for MCS since 2008. Prior to joining MCS, Hopson served as assistant general counsel and interim general counsel for the Atlanta Public Schools, and as general counsel for Clayton County Public Schools in Jonesboro, GA.