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Scott Ralls, the president of our community college system, is leaving North Carolina to be the president of Northern Virginia Community College, often called NOVA. In 2008, Ralls wrote an article for North Carolina Insight, the journal of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Entitled Facing Brutal Facts: North Carolina Community Colleges in the New Economic Landscape, it is worth a read as we lose this great public servant and look for our next leader.

In this press release, Governor McCrory thanks President Ralls for his service.

In this press release, Governor McCrory responds to President Obama’s comments on education in North Carolina.

In this press release, Governor McCrory announces his nominations to the NC State Board of Education:

J. Todd Chasteen (Watauga County) –  Chasteen serves as vice president of administration, human resources and general counsel for Samaritan’s Purse, an international nonprofit organization with offices in Australia, Canada, Holland, Ireland, Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. Prior to serving with Samaritan’s Purse, he worked as a senior attorney adviser for the Honorable Lawrence Wright at the United States Tax Court and subsequently practiced law specializing in exempt organization law. Earlier in his career he was a certified public accountant licensed in Florida. Chasteen graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and earned his J.D. with honors and L.L.M. Taxation from the University of Florida. 

Patti Head (Wake County) – Head is chair of board development at Communities in Schools of Wake County. Head served on the Wake County School Board from 2001 to 2009, including two years as chair. Prior to serving on the school board, she was a community volunteer in the school system for 28 years. She graduated from Wake Forest University and is a former teacher in the Forsyth County School System. 

The NC State Board of Education supervises and administers the public school system and the educational funds provided for its support. The term length is eight years.  These nomination are pending confirmation by the NC General Assembly.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.


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