NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: JULY 8, 2010


The NC State Board of Education has named Martez Hill, the former chief deputy state superintendent in Mississippi, as its new executive director effective Aug. 1.

Hill, a graduate of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy and Emory University, has a strong record of experience in organizational management, policy analysis and education policy. In his new role as the Board's executive director, Hill will manage the State Board of Education office; advise the Board on key education policy issues; work with the General Assembly on the Board's behalf; serve as the Board's liaison to a variety of interests including local boards of education and superintendents, the Governor's Office and other governmental entities; and serve on various boards and commissions as requested by the Board of Education members.

"North Carolina is fortunate to have Mr. Hill returning to our state in this leadership role," Board Chairman Bill Harrison said. "Mr. Hill's experience with the departments of education in Mississippi and Georgia and his national work with the Council of Chief State School Officers and Southeastern United States Education Laboratory make him well prepared to lead our Board's operations."

Hill said that he was honored that the North Carolina Board of Education has selected him to serve as its executive director. "The North Carolina public education system has a first-rate track record in preparing students for postsecondary education and careers," Hill said. "As executive director, I will continue to focus on the development of policies that ensure that every public school student will graduate from high school prepared for life in the 21st century. I eagerly look forward to working with the Board of Education and the leadership of the Department of Public Instruction."

Hill has served as the chief deputy state superintendent in Mississippi since 2008. Prior to that he was the deputy state superintendent for two years. Before moving to Mississippi, Hill was the policy director for the Georgia Department of Education and the policy coordinator for the Georgia Governor's Office of Planning and Budget. Hill received a bachelor's degree in political science from Emory University in 1993 and a master's degree in public policy in 1996 from Duke University. He served as president-elect of the Deputies Leadership Commission of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), a member of the CCSSO Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern US Education Laboratory.

For more information, please contact the Department of Public Instruction's Communication and Information Services 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 160 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.