Crews to leave Journal, join Tupelo School District

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Billy Crews, chief executive officer of Journal Inc., will resign his position with the company to become the chief operating officer of the Tupelo Public School District.
Crews was named to fill the newly created position during the district’s school board meeting on Tuesday. He will begin in his new role on Jan. 1.
As the school district’s chief operating officer, Crews will oversee such departments as human resources, finance, marketing and technology – essentially the departments that are not directly responsible for instruction but which support instruction.
The position will be on the same level as an assistant superintendent. The district has an assistant superintendent and a deputy superintendent this year after having three assistant superintendents last year. The position was included in the district’s budget for the current year.
In announcing the position earlier this year, Tupelo Superintendent Randy Shaver said he thought it would be advantageous to have someone from the private sector fill the position.
Crews has worked for Journal Inc. for 32 years. He will remain as chairman of the board. The company’s board consists of non-employees from the community and internal management representatives.
The Journal board met Tuesday and named Journal President and Publisher Clay Foster to succeed Crews as CEO in January.