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NEWS RELEASES 2004-05

NEWS RELEASES 2004-05 :: OCTOBER 7, 2004

STATE BOARD APPROVES APPOINTMENTS TO DPI LEADERSHIP

The State Board of Education today approved three new appointments to the Department of Public Instruction leadership.

Priscilla J. Maynor was approved as Executive Director of Internal Operations and Management at the Department of Public Instruction. This position was established as part of the agency's organizational realignment and will provide a key coordinating function to agency-wide initiatives. Maynor most recently served as Senior Assistant to the State Superintendent and as interim leader for the Division of Communications and Information.

As Executive Director of Internal Operations and Management, she is responsible for providing central coordination for key departmental matters. These include internal and external communications, the improvement of management systems to ensure alignment with State Board of Education priorities and the promotion of efficient and effective operations, process improvement and organizational development. The Executive Director of Internal Operations and Management reports to the Deputy State Superintendent and supervises the Communications and Information Division.

Maynor has been at the DPI since 1995. In addition to the Senior Assistant position, she has served as an Education Consultant with the Division of Exceptional Children. Maynor also is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Education at UNC-Pembroke and holds a master of arts in special education and education administration and supervision.

Carolyn A. White was approved as Director of the Learn and Earn Initiative. White comes to DPI from the Durham Public Schools where she has served as Director of Innovation Programs, Executive Director of Secondary Schools and as a K-5 Literacy Coordinator.

White played a major role in the design and implementation of the Clement Early College High School in Durham. White's education career includes experience as a principal in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and as a classroom teacher. White has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin.

The Learn and Earn Initiative, recently announced by Gov. Mike Easley, is a partner initiative of the New Schools Project and provides high school students with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree though an innovative a five-year program.

Vanessa W. Jeter was appointed as Acting Director of Communications and Information for DPI. Jeter has been the Section Chief for Information and Publication Production since 1995 and has served in various communications capacities with the agency since 1988. Jeter, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, most recently has played a leadership role in communications efforts for NC WISE, the state's school technology/business transformation project with IBM.

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.