Cole Pugh, Ed.D., Superintendent
100 North Davis Road, Building C
LaGrange, Georgia 30241
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Dr. Cole Pugh took the helm as Superintendent of Schools for Troup County School System in February of 2011. Dr. Pugh comes to Troup County from Fort Worth, Texas where he was most recently superintendent of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District.
He has spent a total of 38 years in public education, 28 of those as a superintendent. During his career, Dr. Pugh spent almost a decade in the classroom as a teacher before advancing to the role of school principal. He has led several school districts as superintendent. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He acquired his doctorate in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.
Dr. Pugh has taught graduate level courses in public school finance and curriculum management at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. He is one of approximately 25 people in the country certified as a Curriculum Management Lead Auditor, and he leads teams of educators in a thorough analysis of a school district and how it is organized to support curriculum and instruction. Dr. Pugh published articles on the benefits of a curriculum management audit, implementing curriculum management audit report recommendations, and performance-driven budgeting. He has presented information on improving student achievement, curriculum and instruction, budgeting, facilities long-range master planning, and focusing resources on priorities on national, regional, and state levels.
Dr. Pugh is married to an educator and has an adult daughter and two teenage children.
Philosophy on Education:
The board and superintendent must function as the leadership team to provide the vision, direction, and support necessary for a successful school system. Comprehensive planning should be used to focus resources on priorities. Two-way communication with district stakeholders is a vital component, along with family and community involvement. There should be a focus on the academic performance of students. Educators must ensure that students perform well on state and national accountability measures. This calls for quality written curricula, effective teaching practices, formative and summative assessments, and data analysis.
We must go beyond existing levels of accomplishment to prepare students to function as effective citizens, live personally satisfying lives, and contribute to and improve society. It is also important to provide a comprehensive program for students including academic and extra-curricular activities in a safe environment. Skilled employees should be provided with resources such as facilities, technology, and professional development. Most employees do the best job that they can every day based on their current level of knowledge and skill. It is the responsibility of the district to provide quality professional development opportunities for all employees.