Granville schools reach out to Durham for new leader

Veteran Durham Public Schools administrator Alisa McLean was appointed superintendent of Granville County Schools on Thursday.
Veteran Durham Public Schools administrator Alisa McLean was appointed superintendent of Granville County Schools on Thursday. Granville County Schools

The Granville County Board of Education on Thursday reached into the Durham Public Schools for its next superintendent, selecting veteran administrator Alisa McLean to lead the school district.

McLean, currently assistant superintendent of high school teaching, learning and leadership for DPS, will become superintendent of Granville County Public Schools on July 19.

In her new job, McLean will lead a district with 19 schools and just under 8,000 students.

“I am both, excited and honored to join the Granville County Public Schools family and community,” McLean said. “Together, I know we will accomplish great things and surpass expectations for all of our students. I truly believe the best is yet to come.”

The Granville school board cited McLean’s leadership, experience, and dedication to students as the reason it selected McLean from a field of 46 candidates.

McLean’s career in public education spans more than 20 years.

In addition to her current role as assistant superintendent for high school teaching, learning, and leadership for DPS, McLean has served as an area superintendent for the Durham school district, a position she held from 2014-2016.

Durham Public Schools Superintendent said in a statement that McClean has been an effective and valued adminstrator and will be missed.

“She [McLean] combines fierce support for our schools with a relentlessly positive attitude,” L’Homme said. “Our more than 2,200 graduates this year and the more than $40 million in scholarships they were offered are a testament to her effectiveness.”

McLean previously served as a school transformation coach with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and as an assistant superintendent in the Alamance-Burlington School System.

She began her career in public education as an assistant principal and principal in Roxboro and Hillsborough.

McLean holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from Elizabeth City State University, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from East Carolina University and a doctorate in educational leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill.

She also participated in and later served as a consultant and assistant director for the Principals’ Executive Program at the UNC Chapel Hill.

McLean is married to Attorney Frankie McLean.

They have a daughter Imari, who is an ACC scholar track and field athlete and rising senior at N.C. State University.

Greg Childress: 919-419-6645, @gchild6645