Message from Dr. Kim Benton

I invite you to join me in welcoming Dr. Robert Taylor, who begins his work today as state superintendent of education. To assist with the transition, I will remain at the Mississippi Department of Education through the end of January. 

While the next chapter is open for me, I will remain engaged in public education in Mississippi and outside the state and will continue to champion your work. Mississippi students have made extraordinary progress over the past decade thanks to our incredible educators and the hard work and vision of school, district and state leaders. This collective effort has ensured a bright future for public education in Mississippi.  

As a product of Mississippi public schools and a lifelong Mississippi educator, it has been my honor and joy to serve as interim state superintendent of education. Mississippi’s outstanding teachers, education staff and leaders have enabled our children to prove they are capable of anything. I know you will keep working hard on behalf of your students as you nurture the potential and greatness of every child who walks through your doors. Thank you for your continued service to the students of Mississippi.