Alamance-Burlington Board of Education Announces Superintendent Hiring
|Dr. Bill Harrison|
The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education announces that Bill Harrison, interim superintendent for Alamance-Burlington Schools, has agreed to remain as the district’s full-time superintendent through June 2017. At a Board of Education meeting held on Friday, February 20 instead of Tuesday, February 17 because of inclement weather, board members voted to offer a permanent contract, which Harrison accepted.
Harrison was initially selected to head the district from July-December 2014 while the board conducted a search for a permanent superintendent with assistance from the North Carolina School Boards Association. Since coming to Alamance-Burlington, Harrison’s original 6-month contract had been extended from December 2014 through June 30, 2015.
“Over the past seven months, Dr. Harrison has done a superb job moving our school system forward. During his short time with us, our Board members and many community leaders have expressed the desire to retain him as our superintendent,” said Board Chair Pamela Thompson. “We are delighted he has agreed to stay on in a more permanent role as we work to implement our strategic plan.”
Vice Chairman Steve Van Pelt explained: “While our Board has been actively conducting a search for a permanent superintendent, our members also wanted to explore the possibility of keeping Dr. Harrison in place to continue our forward progress. We all knew that Bill’s extensive experience in other school districts and at the state level would be extremely valuable assets for us as we advance our ABSS Strategic Plan. He has already made a big impact on our progress. This is a huge win for our district.”
Harrison has been involved in public education in North Carolina since 1974. His roles have included teacher, principal and superintendent, leading Cumberland County Schools for 12 years. In addition, Harrison served as Chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education from 2009-2013 and as Senior Advisor for Education Transformation to Governor Beverly Perdue.