Veteran Johnston schools administrator named superintendent

Posted November 16, 2015 1:27 p.m. EST
Updated November 17, 2015 5:33 a.m. EST

David Ross Renfrow

— The Johnston County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to name a longtime insider as superintendent of Johnston County Schools.

David Ross Renfrow succeeds Ed Croom, who plans to retire on March 1 after more than six years as superintendent.

A 22-year veteran of Johnston County Schools, Renfrow has served as deputy superintendent since January 2013.

"I am confident we have found a true leader in Dr. Renfrow, and the board agrees that he is the best fit for Johnston County," Board of Education Chairman Larry Strickland said in a statement. "His strong leadership skills and experience are exactly what our district will need in these coming years."

Renfrow previously served as principal of Corinth Holders High School in Wendell from 2009 to 2012 and as principal of North Johnston High School in Kenly for six years.

"I am humbled by this opportunity to lead a district I have been passionate about for years," Renfrow said in a statement. "We have made great strides under Dr. Croom’s leadership, and I am looking forward to the continued success of our shared vision for Johnston County Schools."

Renfrow received his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from East Carolina University.