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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: JANUARY 4, 2007


The State Board of Education today approved J.B. Buxton as Deputy State Superintendent of the NC Department of Public Instruction, effective Feb. 1. Buxton is the Senior Education Advisor to Gov. Mike Easley.

He will succeed Dr. Janice Davis who has served as Deputy State Superintendent since 2004.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said she welcomed Buxton to the role. "We look forward to J.B.'s leadership in the operations of the Department of Public Instruction. His interests in innovation and change will be helpful in accomplishing the 21 st century goals and objectives that have been adopted by the State Board of Education."

State Board Chairman Howard N. Lee echoed the welcome. "We expect Mr. Buxton's knowledge of North Carolina's educational needs to serve us well in the Department's leadership."

Buxton has served as Senior Education Advisor to the Governor throughout Gov. Easley's terms. In the Governor's Office, Buxton led the Governor's Education Office and advised Gov. Easley on educational issues in K-12 public education and higher education. Buxton has played a leadership role in the implementation of various initiatives, including the Gates Foundation-funded NC New Schools Project to reform high schools, the Learn and Earn early college initiative, the NC School Report Cards, the More at Four Prekindergarten Program, the Teacher Working Conditions initiative, the Center for 21 st Century Skills, the Child and Family Support Team initiative, and the High School Turnaround initiative.

Professionally, Buxton has a solid educational policy background. Buxton began his career as a high school English teacher and coach in football, wrestling and baseball. He then worked with the Public School Forum of North Carolina as the Director of Special Programs with the NC Teaching Fellows Program and later as the Policy and Research Director. He also has worked as an education policy advisor in the White House.

Buxton attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Princeton University. While at UNC-CH, Buxton taught at the University of Western Cape in South Africa and led an education scholarship committee for students in South Africa.

Buxton lives in Raleigh and is married to the former Hunter Brown from Concord, NC, and has three children, Drake, Luke, and Sadie, all of whom attend Wake County public schools.

For more information, please contact the NC Department of Public Instruction Communications division, 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.