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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: AUGUST 8, 2002


Dr. Zoe Locklear, director of Teacher Education and chair of the Education Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, today was named Associate Superintendent for Leadership Development and Special Services for the Department of Public Instruction. Her appointment was part of several organizational changes approved by the State Board of Education at its August meeting.

As Associate Superintendent, Dr. Locklear will oversee two divisions, Exceptional Children's Services and Human Resource Management, and the Office of Charter Schools. Human Resource Management includes teacher licensure and teacher education as well as teacher recruitment.

Dr. Locklear resigned her membership on the State Board of Education on Aug. 7 in order to be considered for this position.

"We are very fortunate to be able to bring Dr. Locklear to the Department," State Superintendent Mike Ward said. "Her prior work at the local school district level and at the university level make her especially well-suited to lead these divisions. As North Carolina works toward our goal of being First in America in Education, we will benefit from Dr. Locklear's expertise."

Dr. Locklear has served since 1999 as a member of the State Board of Education, filling an at-large position. She received her doctorate and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a bachelor's degree in special education from UNC-Pembroke. Locklear's extensive vita reflects service to both the public schools of North Carolina and to the state's university system as teacher, administrator and professor.

Locklear is a member of the NC Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's Executive Committee, NC Association of Educators, the Robeson County Partnership for Children, the American Association of University Women, the Council for Exceptional Children, and Phi Delta Kappa. She also is actively involved in the Robeson County public schools, which her two children attend.

Other organizational changes announced today include the promotion of Dr. Elsie Leak, director of School Improvement, to Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and School Reform Services. She will lead the Divisions of Instructional Services and School Improvement.

Marvin Pittman, Senior Assistant to the State Superintendent, was promoted to the position of Director of the Division of School Improvement.

The Division of Accountability Services now will report to Dr. Bob Bellamy, Associate Superintendent for Accountability and Technology Services.

These organizational changes are being accomplished without the addition of positions to the agency. One position was upgraded to an associate superintendent's position to allow for the changes.

For more information, please contact Brad Sneeden, Deputy State Superintendent, at 919.807.3441.

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.