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NEWS RELEASES 2010-11

NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: SEPTEMBER 2, 2010

HARRISON RE-ELECTED STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIRMAN;
MCDEVITT TO SERVE AGAIN AS VICE CHAIRMAN

William (Bill) Harrison was unanimously re-elected chairman by State Board of Education members at this morning’s State Board meeting. Board members also re-elected Wayne McDevitt as vice-chairman.

Gov. Bev Perdue appointed Harrison to the State Board of Education in March 2009 as a Member-at-Large. He was immediately elected chairman by fellow board members to fill the role vacated by former state Senator Howard Lee, who was appointed executive director of the North Carolina Education Cabinet.

A native of Pennsylvania, Harrison has served North Carolina public schools throughout his career as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal and teacher. He also is an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University. His term on the Board expires March 31, 2011.

Wayne McDevitt was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2001 to represent the 8th Education District. He has served North Carolina throughout his career, including service as Senior Vice President for University Affairs for the UNC System, as Chief of Staff for former Gov. Jim Hunt, and on the state's Executive Cabinet as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. His term expires March 31, 2017.

Both Harrison and McDevitt will serve a two-year term in their respective positions. For more information on these appointments, please contact the NCDPI 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.