The Rome Board of Education officially voted Wednesday to make former Rome High School Principal Eric Holland its superintendent during a meeting Wednesday.

Holland was announced recently as the sole finalist, despite outcry from parents, teachers, and community members.  

CVN has been told that Holland’s tenure as principal at Rome High School was one of controversy with claims of coverups of sexual assault, close relationships with board members and teachers having to take cease and desist orders out against him, and so forth.

In a unanimous vote by the Board, Dr. Eric. L. Holland has been named Superintendent, effective September 3, 2022.

Holland, an educator with 23 years of experience, most recently served as principal of Rome High School in Rome, Ga. and Marietta High School in Marietta, Ga.

Holland has previously worked as an administrator with Tift County High School in Tifton, Ga. and was once named Teacher of the Year at Crossroads Academy in Americus.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, both from Georgia Southwestern State University. He earned his doctorate in leadership in educational administration from Capella University. Holland also holds multiple educational specialist degrees from the University of Georgia, Capella University and Albany State University.

He served as principal since 2017 before taking a job in the same role with Marietta High School in July.   

CVN has also issued an open records request with the system seeking Holland’s personal file while serving as principal.

Holland was one of 18 candidates who applied for the superintendent position, including Interim Superintendent Dawn Williams.