The Office of the Superintendent

  • The Wake County Board of Education appointed Dr. Del Burns as temporary superintendent of the Wake County Public School System on Jan. 26, 2018. Dr. Burns will take office on February 1, 2018 pursuant to a contract that ends June 30, 2018. By the end of Dr. Burns’ interim contract, the Board hopes to have found a permanent replacement for outgoing superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill, who retired January 31.


    Dr. Burns, who previously served as superintendent of WCPSS from 2006-2010, returns to guide the helm of the largest school system in the state throughout this transition of leadership. Dr. Burns is a familiar face to many in Wake County, as he spent the vast majority of his long and successful education career in WCPSS as a special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, associate superintendent, deputy superintendent, and ultimately superintendent. Since leaving WCPSS in 2010, he has started and run his own educational consulting firm, Burns Alliance, which provides coaching, mentoring, and training for administrators in a variety of districts across several states. He has also served as an interim superintendent for several North Carolina school systems including the Alamance-Burlington School System, Edgecombe County Schools, Orange County Schools, and currently the Bertie County Schools.

Headshot of Dr. Burns