Johnston County Public Schools names new superintendent, will start July 1

Posted May 27, 2020 6:08 p.m. EDT
Updated May 28, 2020 11:33 a.m. EDT

Dr. Eric Bracy (Johnston County Board of Education photo)

— Eric Bracy has been named the next superintendent of Johnston County Public Schools, the Johnston County Board of Education announced Wednesday.

Bracy will take office July 1.

“I am excited about joining Johnston County Public Schools,” Bracy said in a statement. “Johnston County Public Schools has a rich tradition of excellence, and I am honored that the board has selected me to lead the district.”

The board interviewed 31 candidates for the job, according to a press release from the board of education.

“The members of the Johnston County Board of Education unanimously and enthusiastically support Dr. Bracy’s selection as our new superintendent of schools," said Todd Sutton, chair of the Johnston County Board of Education. "We are certain that Dr. Bracy will lead our school system to high achievement. Dr. Bracy’s extensive experience as a superintendent and his extensive track record of improving student achievement as well as his accomplishments in improving the financial well-being of his current school district made his selection a clear, strong choice.”

Bracy has been in public education spanning more than 20 years in North Carolina, including serving 12 years as a superintendent. For the last six years, he has been the superintendent of Sampson County Schools.

Prior to assuming his current position, Bracy served as superintendent for Northampton County Schools for over five years. He also previously served as the executive director of student support services and as a principal for Durham Public Schools, and as a principal and assistant principal in Vance County Schools. Dr. Bracy began his career in public education as a fourth grade teacher in Northampton County.

Bracy received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from North Carolina Central University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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