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NEWS RELEASES 1997-98

NEWS RELEASES 1997-98 :: JUNE 4, 1998

SNEEDEN NAMED DEPUTY STATE SUPERINTENDENT

Bradford Sneeden, a former teacher, principal, superintendent and businessman, is the new Deputy State Superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Sneeden was named to the post today by the State Board of Education upon the recommendation of State Superintendent Mike Ward.

Sneeden is currently the director of the Office of School Services and an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at East Carolina University in Greenville. He replaces Dr. Richard Thompson, who resigned to become State Superintendent in Mississippi.

In naming the new deputy, State Superintendent Ward said that he welcomes Sneeden as a respected educator who has a broad range of experience and is recognized as an innovator.

Ward said, "Brad Sneeden has a reputation for integrity, leadership and hard work. I am so pleased that he is accepting the opportunity to help lead North Carolina's public schools. His experiences as an educator and a business person and his work with our universities prepare him to accept this challenge."

The deputy superintendent for DPI is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the education agency. The three areas of DPI (Financial and Personnel Services, Instructional and Accountability Services, and Information and Technology Services) and Personnel Relations all report to the deputy.

Much of Sneeden's education career has been with the Craven County Schools. He was a teacher, assistant principal, principal, associate superintendent for Personnel Services and superintendent with that school system. He was superintendent from 1990-96. During this time, Craven County was one of the pilot school systems for the Total Quality Management effort. Under The ABCs of Public Education, Craven County had one School of Excellence, one School of Distinction, and eight other exemplary schools.

Sneeden also has business experience. For three years, Sneeden was personnel director for Hatteras Yachts in New Bern.

In 1996, Sneeden joined the staff at East Carolina University. Under his leadership, the Office of School Services provides training, technology support and other initiatives for local school systems. Services include EastNet, providing Internet access for teachers; a peer coaching model program that has earned national recognition; and facilitative and Total Quality leadership training. Sneeden also works with interns in graduate education programs at ECU.

As an educator, Sneeden has earned a number of honors, including Craven County Teacher of the Year, NC Middle School Association's Superintendent of the Year and the James Batten Outstanding Educator Award from ECU.

Sneeden and his wife, a teacher, have two children. He is a Wilmington native

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.