Former Durham superintendent named president of education firm

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 05:54 PM

Carl Harris, a former superintendent of Durham Public Schools, has been appointed president of TE21.

Harris had served as a consultant to the education company, with offices in Charleston, S.C., and Durham, after a stint with the U.S. Department of Education as deputy assistant secretary of education.

TE21 offers assessments, intervention, professional development and other educational improvement efforts in Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

In a news release, the company’s chief executive officer, Cindy B. Hollar, called Harris “a true believer in TE21’s products.”

“He brings to our company a local and national perspective and a passion for customer service,” she said.

Harris served as DPS superintendent from 2006 to 2009. During his administration, DPS opened seven schools, including Hillside New Tech High School, Southern School of Engineering, W.G. Pearson Magnet Middle School, City of Medicine Academy, Spring Valley Elementary School and the Performance Learning Center and Holton Career and Resource Center. An eighth, Lakewood Middle Montessori School, opened in the renovated Lakewood YMCA in fall 2011.

In 2012, Harris received the Distinguished Alumni Award from North Carolina State University. He was selected as a member of the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy. He has advanced certification for school administration and a doctorate in education administration from NCSU. He earned a master’s degree from Eastern Carolina University.