Wake County Schools

Wake schools' spokeswoman headed to NC DOT

Posted February 20, 2013

— The Wake County Public School System's former superintendent has recruited the school system's chief communications officer to lead communication and outreach for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced Wednesday that Cris Mulder will serve as deputy secretary of internal and external affairs, beginning March 11.

"Cris will be a tremendous asset to our department and the state of North Carolina as we work to better communicate with our citizens and improve customer service," Tata said in a statement. "She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the private and public sectors and a unique blend of marketing and community engagement skills."

Tata, who was Wake schools' superintendent from January 2011 to September 2012, hired Mulder in 2011 to serve as chief of Family and Community Engagement.

She has led numerous community outreach efforts, most notably educating parents about the district's student assignment plan, which was overhauled last year.

Prior to Wake schools, Mulder spent nearly 15 years working in corporate roles for companies such as Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, AT&T Wireless and the Research Triangle Park Foundation.

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  • HeadsUp Feb 22, 9:31 a.m.

    So Secretary Tata has hired as the communications head of a giant state agency that's constantly in the news a person with no experience in the news media or state government?

    That should work well!

  • rand321 Feb 21, 7:43 p.m.

    and the DOT needs a PR rep for what purposes? wouldn't the money be better spent on roads?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 21, 7:00 p.m.

    Wait, she a communication expert, so she don't have to know anything about what she is talking about? " here just say this, the public are stupid anyway and won't know the different" ....

  • beaupeep Feb 21, 12:25 p.m.

    "you said it better than i ever could"

    truer words have never been spoken.

  • wildpig777 Feb 21, 11:15 a.m.

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    Tata will not be happy until he has all his DC and Wake County cronies in high paying state jobs. I hope McCrory is happy putting this egomaniac in a job that should have gone to someone who was qualified and owed allegiance to someone other than his own political aspirations.

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    wow- you said it better than i ever could. you best reign your gen ral in gov nor mc. he is already making you look bad.

  • wildpig777 Feb 21, 11:13 a.m.

    oh this smells to high heaven-- yall are acting like a buncha north carolina democrats.

  • Wake1 Feb 20, 5:36 p.m.

    Chief of Family & Community Engagement???? First I've heard of that!

  • WhatIsTheDrama Feb 20, 5:22 p.m.

    "Tata is bringing in the same bunch who helped him not succeed in Wake county?"

    No, he'll probably let the Dem members drown in their own failure back at the school board.

    He's just bringing on the competent ones.

    I agree!! The ones who failed him are STILL WITH WCPSS!!

  • beaupeep Feb 20, 4:44 p.m.

    "Tata is bringing in the same bunch who helped him not succeed in Wake county?"

    No, he'll probably let the Dem members drown in their own failure back at the school board.

    He's just bringing on the competent ones.

  • disgusted2010 Feb 20, 4:35 p.m.

    Tata will not be happy until he has all his DC and Wake County cronies in high paying state jobs. I hope McCrory is happy putting this egomaniac in a job that should have gone to someone who was qualified and owed allegiance to someone other than his own political aspirations.

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