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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: AUGUST 25, 2003


Dr. Janice O. Davis, currently an assistant superintendent for Durham Public Schools and a former local school superintendent, is the new Deputy State Superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Davis was named to the post today by the State Board of Education upon the recommendation of State Superintendent Mike Ward. She is the first woman to be named to this position.

Davis has spent her entire education career teaching in and providing leadership for public schools in this state. She replaces Brad Sneeden who recently left to join the UNC Center for School Leadership Development.

In naming the new deputy, State Superintendent Ward said that he has long respected Davis' leadership, integrity, and instructional focus.

Ward said, "In my view, Janice Davis has spent her career preparing for this key leadership position at DPI. As a former teacher, building-level administrator, central office supervisor and superintendent, she has a broad range of educational experiences that will serve her well in guiding the day-to-day operations of the state education department. On top of all these educational experiences, Janice is willing and able to make tough decisions and foster collaboration and teamwork. I'm very pleased that she'll be a part of our team."

The deputy superintendent for DPI reports to the State Superintendent, and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the education agency. The four areas of DPI (Financial and Business Services, Curriculum and School Reform Services, Leadership Development and Special Services and Accountability and Technology Services)along with Personnel Relations, all report to the deputy.

Janice Davis began her education career as a teacher in Sanford and Durham. She later became assistant principal in Durham and moved from there to director of middle/high schools, also in Durham. She joined Granville County Schools in 1990 as an assistant superintendent and later was named superintendent. She was superintendent of Granville County Schools from 1994-2000. She rejoined Durham Public Schools in 2000 as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The new Deputy is a former board member of the N.C. Museum of Life and Science, Math Science Education Network and Principal Fellows Program. She currently is on the board of the Early College High School in Durham.

Davis lives in Oxford. She is married to Jim Davis and has three daughters. She will begin her new position in September.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 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 Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.