The New Hanover County Board of Education selected Dr. Del Burns to serve as Interim Superintendent at a special meeting Thursday.
Dr. Burns will take the position effective Monday, March 2. He has more than 44 years of experience in education and served previously as Wake County superintendent until retiring in June 2010. Since his retirement, he has served in multiple interim superintendent roles including Alamance-Burlington, Edgecombe County, Orange County, Bertie County, Nash-Rocky Mount and Wake County schools.
“I look forward to working closely with Mr. Burns over the coming months,” said Deputy Superintendent LaChawn Smith. “His depth of experience and success across North Carolina will help us as we evaluate our current policies, implement new procedures and initiatives, and work to ensure our students have a safe learning environment and our community is informed of our progress.”
“This is the next necessary step to help provide stability to the district, and our Board appreciates the North Carolina School Boards Association for assisting with this process,” said Lisa Estep, Chair of the New Hanover County Board of Education. “With his vast experience, we are confident that Dr. Burns is the right choice to lead our district while the search continues for a permanent superintendent. Our goal remains making our schools safe for students, families, and staff.”