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Former Durham Superintendent to Head Wake Education Partnership

Posted April 25, 2007
Updated April 26, 2007

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— The former superintendent of Durham Public Schools has been named the new director of Wake Education Partnership.

Ann Denlinger will assume the leadership role at the organization's new president on May 1.

“Throughout my 40-year career, my only purpose, whether as a teacher or a superintendent, was to provide all students with a top-quality education. I believe the experience and insights I bring from my 15 years as a superintendent will be a great benefit to Wake Ed and to the community,” Denlinger said.

During Denlinger's tenure in the Durham schools, student achievement improved on measures including end-of-grade tests, SAT scores and dropout rates.

“Ann is well-qualified to lead Wake Education Partnership by virtue of her demonstrated experience as a powerful leader in education,” said John McKinney, chair of the Partnership’s board of directors. “But what makes Ann such a great fit for Wake Ed is her dedication to improving our community and the lives of our students through excellent public education.”

Denlinger recently worked as a senior associate at the Schlechty Center for Leadership and School Reform, helping teachers, administrators, superintendents, school board members and community leaders improve public schools throughout the United States.


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  • Durham-Raleigh Apr 25, 2007

    "Durham educators will continue to wallow in the slop created by an ungrateful community."

    Huh? We again have a functioning school board (by a near unanimous vote -- all Durhamites were sick of the antics) and a new superintendent who is well-liked and a strong leader in the eyes of the community.

  • redant Apr 25, 2007

    Outstanding choice. Wake is lucky to have her. Durham educators will continue to wallow in the slop created by an ungrateful community.

  • tarheeldude Apr 25, 2007

    it's amazing how ineffective, washed-up and boring school superintendents are continually 'promoted'.

  • NC_VET Apr 25, 2007

    Good for her, she will make a great addition. Congrats Mrs. D.