RALEIGH — Chatham County Schools has a new superintendent. The Chatham County Board of Education chose interim superintendent Derrick Jordan to be the system’s permanent leader by a unanimous vote Monday.
The board will not conduct a full search for job candidates, instead opting for Jordan, a six-year employee of the school system. He joined the system as director of secondary education in 2008, focusing on drop-out prevention and its Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program, according to the school system.
Jordan is a former middle- and high-school English teacher and has worked as an assistant principal at elementary, middle and high schools. He was interim superintendent for five months.
Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from N.C. Central University, a master’s in school administration from East Carolina University, and a doctorate in education leadership and policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In a written statement, the new superintendent said he was working with some of the “best and the brightest” in the teaching profession, and that he would “cultivate innovation, collaboration and determination.”