Fayette County Board of Education officially appoints a new superintendent

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – In a unanimous vote on Tuesday night, the Fayette County Board of Education appointed a new superintendent. 

Gary Hough will officially begin his three-year term in July, but he is no stranger to Fayette County Schools.

He has served in the school system for 38 years in various capacities as a teacher, principal, director of transportation and an associate superintendent.

“I didn’t do very well walking away from it, and this is a great opportunity to come back into it on a full-time basis. I’m pretty excited about that opportunity,” Hough said. 

School Board President Pat Gray says he was picked from 21 applicants and 6 interviews. The process of selection took about 30 days.

“He’s very familiar with the school system and he’s brought a lot of experience with him to continue the growth of the Fayette County School system,” Gray said.  

Current Superintendent Terry George announced his retirement earlier this year, and his last day will be June 30.

We sat down with Hough for a full interview and will be bringing you that story Wednesday evening as he discusses his ideas, his background and what brought him back to the school system.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.