April 10, 2012 In News
JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Simon Weir to the State Board of Education Tuesday. Weir will represent State Supreme Court District 3 and serve a nine-year term beginning July 1.
“I am pleased that Simon has accepted this vital appointment,” Gov. Bryant said. “Education plays such an important role in our state’s success, and I am confident that he and the other board members will dedicate themselves to serving Mississippi’s schools.”
The State Board of Education oversees policy for the Department of Education, and board members appoint the state superintendent of education.
Weir is a native of Hernando, Miss., where he serves as DeSoto County Division President for Community Bank. Weir has worked in the banking industry for 23 years and has served with Community Bank for 14 years.
“This appointment to a position on the State Board of Education will be a defining moment for me and my family,” Weir said. “As a product of the public school system, I am honored that the Governor has given me this opportunity to serve the people of DeSoto County and the State of Mississippi. I hope my service and the decisions we make as a board will allow young Mississippians the opportunity to follow in our steps.”
Weir serves on the board of directors for the DeSoto County Economic Council and was chairman of the organization in 2010. He also serves on the board of directors for Springhill Historic Memorial Gardens and is Advisory Director for Community Bank, North Mississippi. Weir also volunteers as a youth baseball coach.
Weir holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending at Vanderbilt University.
He and his wife Sarah B. Weir have two children. Both attend public schools.