Former Wake County superintendent finalist hired by Virginia school system

01/20/2014 9:00 AM

01/17/2014 2:04 PM

In a case of what might have been, a former finalist for Wake County Schools Superintendent has found a new job.

Dana Bedden was hired last month to be the superintendent of Richmond Public Schools in Virginia, a district of around 24,000 students. Bedden and Ann Clark, chief academic officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, were among the three finalists when the Wake school board voted in June to make Jim Merrill the new superintendent.

Bedden had been looking for a new job since he resigned in July as superintendent of the Irving Independent School District in Texas. He had been on the outs with the new school board majority in Irving.

One of the issues that kept Bedden from getting the Wake job was his lack of experience leading large school systems. Wake has 153,000 students.


The WakeEd blog is devoted to discussing and answering questions about the major issues facing the Wake County school system. WakeEd is maintained by The News & Observer's Wake schools reporter, T. Keung Hui.

Join the Discussion

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service