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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: MARCH 5, 2009


Former Cumberland County Schools, Superintendent Bill Harrison today was elected Chairman of the State Board of Education by his fellow Board members as part of their regular March meeting.

"Dr. Harrison is strongly committed to improving our public schools and giving every child a chance to succeed," said Gov. Bev Perdue. "As CEO and Chairman there will be a clear line of accountability and efficiency as North Carolina strives to make our schools the best they can be."

Harrison is the first person to serve as both State Board of Education Chairman and as Chief Executive Officer of the Board, a position created by Gov. Perdue to consolidate authority and accountability for public schools in North Carolina.

Harrison was appointed to the Board by Perdue to fill the At-Large Board position formerly filled by John Tate III. Tate is now serving in the position vacated earlier this year by Eulada Watt, who resigned. Tate now represents District 6, which includes the Charlotte area.

Harrison, a native of Pennsylvania, has served North Carolina public schools in a variety of ways throughout his career. In addition to more than 11 years as Superintendent in Cumberland County, he has served as Superintendent in Orange County and in Hoke County. He also has served as an Assistant Superintendent in Brunswick County Schools and as a principal and teacher. He is an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University. His experience includes serving on numerous state commissions, most recently as Co-Chair of the Education Lottery Oversight Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Military Child Education Coalition.

The Board's chairman serves a two-year term. Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve eight-year terms. The State Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor also are members of the Board.

For more information, please call the Department of Public Instruction's Communications division at 919.807.3450.


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.