Union County Public Schools names new superintendent

Union County Public Schools has named Dr. Terra Hancock the new superintendent of the school system.

“I am deeply honored and immensely grateful to have been selected as the next superintendent of Union County Public Schools,” Hancock said. “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the board members for their confidence and trust.”

The Union County Board of Education appointed Hancock during a special called meeting held Wednesday night. The board approved a four-year contract to begin on July 1, 2024, according to the school system’s website.

“Dr. Hancock has a solid track record of success and demonstrates a firm commitment to our students, staff, and community,” said Board Chairperson Jennifer Buckman. “We believe she is the right person to lead our district forward and will always do what it takes to keep the school system strong and successful for our kids.”

Hancock has served in the district for 19 years as a classroom teacher, school counselor, principal, and central office administrator. She currently serves as the assistant superintendent of secondary education and director of pupil personnel.

Additionally, Hancock takes active roles in several professional organizations. She is a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators and serves as a mentor for the Kentucky Women in Educational Leadership program.

She earned her Doctor of Education degree from Oakland University.

Hancock will succeed Patricia Sheffer, who is retiring on June 30. Sheffer served as superintendent for the last 13 years.

“As Dr. Hancock embarks on this new chapter, I am confident that she will continue to lead with a high level of excellence, compassion, and dedication that she has consistently demonstrated,” said Sheffer. “Her impact on our Union County students, staff, families, and community will undoubtedly be profound, and I am excited to see the transformative change she will bring to Union County Public Schools.”

Sheffer and Hancock will collaborate together during May and June to ensure a smooth and successful transition of leadership.

“I am committed to leading UCPS with enthusiasm, determination, logic, honesty and integrity,” Hancock said. “Thank you once again for this incredible opportunity. I am honored and ready to serve.”

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