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Isaac Bear Early College High School Welcomes
NC Secretary of Transportation Anthony Tata

Isaac Bear Early College High School (IBECHS) is pleased to announce Anthony Tata, Secretary of Transportation for the state of North Carolina, will be speaking at IBECHS’s signature program, “Launching Leaders,” on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Room 101 of King Hall, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Tata, who retired from the U.S. Army as a Brigadier General, brings to his position more than three decades of public service as a military officer and public school system leader. Mr. Tata has a history of successfully leading and transforming large, complex organizations with vast responsibilities.

Most recently, he served as the Superintendent of Wake County Public Schools, leading the state’s largest school district of 18,000 employees and 150,000 students to record academic heights.

Mr. Tata’s employment in the military included serving in Afghanistan as Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. forces from 2006-2007. Throughout his career, General Tata planned and implemented multiple operations involving complex transportation and infrastructure challenges. These challenges ranged from multi-mode operation involving ports, airfields, rail and highways, to designing and implementing extensive infrastructure plans in developing countries. In the past five years, General Tata has successfully managed large budgets, ranging from $4.5 billion in the Department of Defense’s counter-roadside bomb program, to $1.25 billion in the Wake County Public Schools.

As a Master Parachutist, a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, and an award winner of the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star, Mr. Tata is highly decorated. He is also listed as a distinguished member of the 502nd, 504th and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiments.

Mr. Tata received a Bachelor of Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Arts in International Relations at the Catholic University of America, a Master of Military Art and Science in Strategic Planning at the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and was a National Security Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

All Isaac Bear students, parents and interested community members are welcome to attend the “Launching Leaders” program night to hear Mr. Tata speak.

Contact Colleen Pate at for additional information.



Posted: 10/22/2013