Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney
Dr. Mike Looney joined Fulton County Schools in 2019, and before completing a full year as superintendent was forced to address the first reported, school staff case of COVID-19 in Georgia. Throughout the crisis, he kept the district focused on supporting the district’s more than 90,000 students and nearly 14,000 dedicated teachers and staff. In addition to navigating the circumstances created by the pandemic, Looney placed an emphasis on early childhood reading skills, real-life career experience, STEM innovations, and reducing dropouts.
He continues to foster the creativity and skills that will prepare students for success and implemented strategies to address the learning disruption experienced by students during the pandemic. Setting a course for transformational change, Looney and the district are utilizing the influx of federal funding from the CARES and American Rescue Plan to create literacy programs, professional development for staff and instructional supports.
Before joining Fulton County Schools, Dr. Looney served as Superintendent of Williamson County Schools in Tennessee, where he was named 2015 Superintendent of the year by Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS).
Prior to arriving at Williamson, he served as Superintendent of the Butler County School District in Alabama. In recognition of his work there, he was selected as Greenville, Alabama's Citizen of the Year in 2008. He also was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Montgomery Public Schools.
A public educator since 1994, Dr. Looney has also served in the roles of classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. During his tenure as principal, his school was recognized for closing the achievement gap for underprivileged and minority students. The school was highlighted at both the state and national levels and named a National Title I Distinguished School.
Dr. Looney's work has been presented for regional and national audiences on a wide range of educational and leadership topics. He has served on several distinguished panels including President George W. Bush's National Reading Leadership Panel in Washington D.C.
Prior to entering the field of education, he served as finance manager for a privately held corporation in Anniston, Alabama.
As a military veteran, his seven years in the United States Marine Corps was distinguished by four meritorious promotions, including being selected as the Marine of the Year for MCRS Montgomery serving Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. In addition to other medals and ribbons, he was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Dr. Looney received his Educational Specialist degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University in Alabama where earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management and master's degree in Education.
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