Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools superintendent to retire

Posted July 22, 2010

— Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Neil Pedersen announced at Thursday night's Board of Education meeting that he will retire at the end of his contract on June 30, 2011.

In a letter to the board, Pedersen wrote: "Although I’m giving you a year’s notice, I want to assure you that I will be as focused as ever on meeting the goals that we mutually agree upon for the upcoming year."

Pedersen came to CHCCS in 1987. He served five years as an assistant superintendent and 18 years as superintendent.

He is the longest-serving superintendent in the district's 101-year history, and his 18-year tenure makes him the second longest superintendent currently serving in one district in North Carolina.

Under his leadership, the school system has seen the construction of half of the district's 17 schools.

Pedersen and the district also focused on environmentally friendly facilities, adopting a policy that requires sustainable features in all new facilities, and opening the first LEED certified high school in the Southeast.

Pedersen was named the 2001 Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. That year, he also was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year in a competition sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators.


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  • mpheels Jul 23, 2010

    almagayle50 - do you mind telling us what CHCCS is doing that is not in compliance with federal law? I live in Carrboro, and if they are doing something shouldn't (or not doing something they should), I'd like to know.

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 23, 2010

    I met Pederson many years ago when I was in education. Nice guys and he did many good things for them. He will get into something as a Consultant.

  • almagayle50 Jul 23, 2010

    Hopefully the head of Exceptional Education will retire with him and the district can actually begin to comply with federal law.

  • mpheels Jul 23, 2010

    I think he looks much younger than he is... He's put in 22 years as an admin for CHCCS, plus however many years as an admin and teacher in other districts, so he's definitely reached the 30 year mark. He's more likely to retire then work for a private consulting group.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 23, 2010

    This guy doesn't look old enough to retire. Maybe the timing of this will allow him to un-retire and move over into Wake County to fill that spot. But I'm sure his liberal background in Chapel Hill will NOT fit in Wake County.

  • unc83 Jul 23, 2010

    All I can say about the school system in place in chapel hill-carrboro is that it is GREAT!!!!