Harrison re-elected chairman of State Board of Education

Posted September 2, 2010 2:54 p.m. EDT
Updated September 2, 2010 5:29 p.m. EDT

— Bill Harrison was unanimously re-elected chairman by State Board of Education members at Thursday morning’s meeting, state school officials announced. 

Board members also unanimously re-elected Wayne McDevitt as vice-chairman.

Gov. Bev Perdue appointed Harrison to the State Board of Education in March 2009 as a member-at-large. He was immediately elected chairman by fellow board members to fill the role vacated by former state Sen. Howard Lee, who was appointed executive director of the North Carolina Education Cabinet.

A native of Pennsylvania, Harrison has served North Carolina public schools throughout his career as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal and teacher. He also is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. His term on the board expires March 31, 2011.

McDevitt was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2001 to represent the 8th Education District. He has served North Carolina throughout his career, including service as senior VP for University Affairs for the UNC System, as chief of staff for former Gov. Jim Hunt, and on the state's executive cabinet as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. His term expires March 31, 2017.

Both Harrison and McDevitt will serve a two-year term in their positions.