New Hanover County Schools


Engaging Students, Achieving Excellence


Superintendent of Schools Sought

The New Hanover County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system as it continues its pursuit of excellence. Applications are now being reviewed. 

The search process started  in March 2020 with community and staff surveys to inform the Board of Education selection process. Documents have been redacted to protect confidential student and personnel information.

New Hanover Survey Presentation
New Hanover Survey Summary Report
NHCS Community Survey Results
NHCS Spanish Language Survey Results
NHCS Staff Survey Results
NHCS Organization Statements

Position Description

Serving almost 26,000 diverse students from pre-k through grade 12, New Hanover County Schools is the 12th largest school system in North Carolina and the 311th largest in the United States. The school system operates 45 schools, including 3 pre-k centers, 25 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 4 traditional high schools, 2 early college high schools, 2 career and technical high schools, and 2 alternative schools. New Hanover County Schools has over 4,000 employees, including more than 2,000 teachers, who collaborate with parents and the community “to strive to provide children with an opportunity for a superior education in a safe and positive learning environment where they are prepared with the skills to succeed.” The school system ranks 6th in the state and 25th in the nation for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers, and it is equally proud of recent improvements to student achievement and graduation rates for all students. The New Hanover County Schools are governed by a 7-member partisan board of education elected by the county at-large to serve staggered 4-year terms. For more school system information, please visit, or follow the school system on social media via,, or

New Hanover County is ideally located in southeastern North Carolina, nestled on the Atlantic coast with easy access to Interstate 40, Wilmington International Airport (ILM), and many historic and popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. New Hanover County is home to over 200,000 residents, including the city of Wilmington (the county seat), the towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and several other suburban and rural communities. The county also is home to the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College. With its sandy white beaches, strong economic development presence, and a quality of life like no other, New Hanover County is a vibrant, prosperous, and diverse coastal community committed to building a sustainable future for generations to come—thus making it an idyllic place to live and work. Additional area information is available at,,,, and Local news can be found at,,, and

Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed as a superintendent in North Carolina or be qualified to serve under the State Board of Education’s alternative guidelines. Central office and building-level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. A successful candidate must demonstrate ability and success in (1) innovative and visionary educational leadership, including an understanding of equity factors and the influence of equity on educational outcomes; (2) curriculum and instruction; (3) goal-setting and monitoring achievement; (4) fostering community and intergovernmental partnerships; (5) administration and organization of short-term and long-term strategic planning, budgeting, and personnel and facilities management; (6) communication and effective team-building; (7) procuring additional funding; (8) visibility and involvement in community activities; (9) leadership in maintaining safe and orderly school environments; (10) planning and funding of school facilities; and (11) decision-making, delegation, and follow- through. In addition, a successful candidate will be required to live in New Hanover County.