Board of Education selects Dr. Robert Taylor as next Superintendent
The Wake County Board of Education is excited to announce the selection and election of Dr. Robert P. Taylor as the next superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. Dr. Taylor will take office on October 1, 2023. The board received applications from 28 excellent candidates from 13 states and territories. Following a thorough review and interview process, the board chose Dr. Taylor for the breadth of knowledge he has gained during an extensive 30-year career in public education, which includes teaching, school- and district-level administration, and state-level administration. Dr. Randy Bridges will continue to serve as interim superintendent until Taylor takes office on October 1, 2023.
About the search
The Wake County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system as it continues to ensure that all Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) students have a fair, just, and equitable education that prepares them to reach their full potential and lead productive lives in a complex and changing world.
Serving approximately 159,000 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, WCPSS is the largest school system in the state and the fifteenth largest school system in the nation. The district operates 198 schools, including several nationally recognized and ranked programs, and has a long history of robust and award-winning magnet programs and schools. WCPSS has a total operating budget of $1.94 billion. WCPSS has strong partnerships with local universities and community colleges to provide dual enrollment, leadership academies, early college programming, and pre-K opportunities, and works closely with community organizations to strengthen the district’s schools for the betterment of all students. WCPSS has over 20,000 employees, including nearly 11,000 teachers, over 34% of whom have advanced degrees and over 1,800 of whom are National Board certified.
The school system’s mission is to provide a relevant and engaging education and to graduate students who are collaborative, creative, and effective communicators and critical thinkers. The school system enjoys strong community support and is governed by a 9-member nonpartisan board of education elected by district to serve staggered 4-year terms.
Wake County, including the city of Raleigh (the county seat and the state capital) and its surrounding communities, consistently ranks as one of the top areas in the nation to live, work, and raise a family. Located in central North Carolina, Wake County is just hours from the beaches of eastern North Carolina and the mountains of western North Carolina, with convenient access to Interstates 40, 85, and 95 and to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).
Wake County is the second-fastest growing county in the nation and has a diverse population of approximately 1,150,000 residents scattered throughout urban, suburban, and rural communities. As part of the Research Triangle with Chapel Hill and Durham, the area offers world-renowned healthcare facilities, biopharmaceutical research, a cutting-edge technology sector, and several excellent educational institutions.
Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed as a superintendent in North Carolina or otherwise be qualified and eligible to serve under State Board of Education policy.
In addition, the selected candidate will be required to live in Wake County. Central office and building-level experience is preferred.
A successful candidate must demonstrate ability and success in:
- visionary educational leadership;
- understanding equity factors and the influence of equity on educational outcomes;
- curriculum and instruction, including addressing opportunity gaps and academic recovery;
- goal-setting and monitoring student achievement;
- fostering community and intergovernmental partnerships;
- administration and organization of short-term and long-term strategic planning, budgeting, and personnel and facilities management;
- communication and team-building;
- ongoing financial management and procuring additional funding;
- visibility and involvement in community activities;
- leadership in maintaining safe and orderly school environments;
- planning and funding of school facilities;
- decision-making, delegation, and follow-through; and,
- ensuring reliable, efficient, fiscally-sound transportation and food services that are received with high satisfaction.
Application and Selection
All inquiries should be directed to Sam Thorp, Assistant Legal Counsel for Superintendent Searches, North Carolina School Boards Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-841-4040. All inquiries will be kept confidential. Applicants must complete the board’s required online application form, accessible via the North Carolina School Boards Association’s webpage: https://www.ncsba.org/legal/super-search/north-carolina-vacancies/
Please do not contact, or ask anyone you know to contact, individual board members about your interest in or application for this position.
Thank you for sharing your feedback!
The Wake County Board of Education sought input on the characteristics and skills that you would like to see in the next superintendent via online survey and at community input opportunities on March 28 and April 18.
A summary of your feedback was presented to the board on Friday, April 28.
- Models high standards of integrity
- Is willing to listen to input
- Understands how to provide safe and welcoming environment for students
- Understands how to effectively advocate for needed resources
- Knows how to encourage staff, students, parents, and community members
to work together
- Communicates respectfully and effectively with all community members
from a variety of backgrounds
- Is able to develop and effectively communicate a vision for the school system
- Is accessible and responds to concerns in a timely fashion
- Has a strong understanding of school finance, budgets, and business
- Has ideas and approaches to improve graduation rates and prevent
- Has ideas and approaches to close achievement gaps
- Supports balanced and a broad spectrum of approaches to discipline
- Has been an effective classroom teacher
- Has experience in curriculum development and instruction
- Has experience with building, maintaining, and managing schools
- Has been a successful principal
- Has been a successful assistant or associate superintendent
- Has worked in North Carolina public education
March 13, 2023: Vacancy posted.
April 24, 2023: Application Deadline.
April 28, 2023: Board meets to review community and staff input and to draft a leadership profile.
April 28 – May 1, 2023: Board reviews applications.
May 10, 2023: Board meets in closed session to choose first-round interviewees and to determine interview questions.
June 1-5, 2023: Board meets in closed session to hold initial interviews, select finalists and determine questions for finalists.
June 23-26, 2023: Board meets in closed session to hold final interviews and decide on offer terms.
June 27 – July 1, 2023: Board meets in closed session to finalize the candidate's contract.
July 18: The new superintendent is announced.