On September 1, 2020, Dr. Charles Foust joined New Hanover County Schools as Superintendent of Schools. His career in public education spans more than twenty-three years in North Carolina, Texas, and Kansas. Since 2018, he has served as the superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS)—one of Kansas’ largest school systems. When he arrived, the school system was designated as one of the lowest performing school systems in the state. Under his leadership, the school system achieved double-digit growth in student achievement, including significant gains in math and reading across all student populations. Most recently, KCKPS was recognized at the state and local level for its academic growth and nationally for its progress in closing the achievement gap.
“I sincerely believe all students have the ability to learn; our job is to create and offer a first-class education in a safe and inviting setting," says Dr. Foust. "My charge is to assist all employees in the development of our school district so that we move from a good district to a world-class educational facility. I’m thrilled to be at the helm at this critical moment for New Hanover County Schools, which I believe has the potential to be an exemplar of educational excellence and social impact.”
Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Foust served as the chief school performance officer for Union County Public Schools in Monroe, North Carolina and as an assistant superintendent, school support officer, and principal for the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas. He also previously served as a principal, assistant principal, and curriculum facilitator for the Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Foust began his career in public education as a fourth-grade teacher in Guilford County.
Dr. Foust earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He went on to earn a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in professional leadership from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Foust is married with two daughters.