Interim schools chief in Durham to retire

Posted May 24, 2010 10:02 a.m. EDT

— H. Hank Hurd, interim superintendent of Durham Public Schools, plans to retire on July 1, officials announced Monday.

Hurd was named superintendent last November, replacing Carl Harris, who took a job with the U.S. Department of Education. The Board of Education last month named Guilford County Schools official Eric Becoats as its new superintendent.

Before assuming the school district's top post, he was its chief operating officer for seven years, overseeing finance, payroll, human resources, transportation and operational services.

“Mr. Hurd was able to save the district and the taxpayers of Durham millions upon millions of dollars over the eight years he was here,” Board of Education member Steve Martin said in a statement. "He's knowledgeable, he's personable and he understands both the numbers and the people side of it, and that's a rare combination.”

Hurd also worked three years for the state Department of Public Instruction as chief financial officer and associate state superintendent for financial and business services. He was a financial consultant for the North Carolina Principal's Executive Program, part of the University of North Carolina, for four years and worked in the Harnett County Schools district for 23 years.