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Chapel Hill – Carrboro Schools Name New Superintendent

Chapel Hill, NC – At its special called-meeting on Dec. 21, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education voted to approve Dr. Pamela Baldwin as the district’s new Superintendent. Her targeted start date is early April.

During the search process, which was administered by the North Carolina School Boards Association, the Board of Education carefully reviewed applications and supporting documentation from a diverse field of candidates. Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Dr. Baldwin’s leadership, experience, and dedication to students would best serve the CHCCS students, staff, and community for years to come. The board is confident that Dr. Baldwin will lead the district to even higher achievement.

“This search process was tedious and, at times, a bit overwhelming – but also very refreshing. We met many amazing educators along the journey,” said Board Chair James Barrett. “We started with 44 applicants from 17 different states, and eventually reduced our search to three excellent finalists. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found a leader like Dr. Baldwin. Her vision, her experience, and her skillset align perfectly with the plans we have for moving this district forward in the coming years to provide excellent education to all students.”

Dr. Baldwin has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 17 years in North Carolina. Since 2014, she has served as the superintendent of the Asheville City Schools in Asheville, NC. Prior to her current position, Dr. Baldwin served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Scotland County Schools (2012-2014), and the director of teaching and learning for Currituck County Schools (2010-2011). Dr. Baldwin also previously served as a high school principal for New Hanover County Schools (2011-2012), and a middle school and high school assistant principal and principal for Onslow County Schools (2003-2010). She began her career in public education as a high school science teacher in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Dr. Baldwin has an impressive academic background as well, including a bachelor’s degree in biology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Dr. Baldwin greatly looks forward to the opportunity to lead the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and to become part of the community.

“It is an honor to be appointed superintendent in such a wonderful community. I am excited to get started and to work with a board that values equity, integrity, and heart,” said Baldwin. “I look forward to building on the great work of the caring and committed educators, board members, and community members who have come before me, and to serving the students and staff of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.”

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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