The Wake County school board hired Rodney Trice on Tuesday to fill the new position of assistant superintendent for equity affairs.
According to Wake’s job description, Trice will be “responsible for developing and implementing short and long range cultural diversity, equity and respect; and achieving the school system’s strategic goals and objectives related to diversity in support of the Superintendent and School Board.”
Trice oversees similar duties for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system as its associate superintendent for student and school services and equity oversight. His start date and new salary in Wake hasn’t been determined yet.
Wake Superintendent Jim Merrill has previously said the new position will serve as “a conscience for the organization.” Diversity and equity, both in student assignment and in services at schools, has been a long-running issue in North Carolina’s largest school system.
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Trice started his career in 1998 at Detroit Community High School in Michigan serving as the science department chair and later as the school director.
Trice moved to the Triangle in 2002 to become associate principal of Cedar Ridge High School in the Orange County school system. He moved to Chapel Hill-Carrboro in 2006 to become executive director for curriculum, instruction and technology. He took his current job in 2011.