NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: NOVEMBER 17, 2014

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NC State Superintendent June Atkinson was named president of the Council of Chief State School Officers on Friday during the Council’s 2014 Annual Policy Forum and Business Meeting in San Diego, Calif. Atkinson served as the Council’s president-elect over the past year.

Atkinson succeeds Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday. Holliday also has a North Carolina connection having served as the Iredell-Statesville Schools’ Superintendent from 2002-2009 before moving to Kentucky.

Atkinson is the second North Carolina State Superintendent to lead the Council in recent years. State Superintendent Mike Ward served as president in 2002.

“Throughout my career, I have valued the leadership and support the Council provides to the nation’s public school leaders,” Atkinson said. “I am honored to serve as president and look forward to contributing at such an important time in the history of public schools.”

As president, Atkinson will lead the Council’s nine-member board of directors, which manages the business affairs of the Council and is its governing body. The board includes the president, president-elect, past president, and six directors elected by the Council members.

“The Board of Directors serves a critical role in driving the collective action of the Council of Chief State School Officers,” said Executive Director Chris Minnich. “I look forward to working with our new President June Atkinson and all the members of the Board as we continue to ensure all students participating in our public education system - regardless of background - graduate prepared for college, careers and life.”

The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. It provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress and the public.

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.