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FIRST ON 3: Finalists for New Hanover Co. Superintendent job announced


WILMINGTON (WWAY) - New Hanover County Schools announced this afternoon the three finalists for the superintendent job.

They include:

Dr. Donna Hargens / Interim Superintendent for Wake County Schools

Dr. Rick Holliday / Assistant Superintendent for New Hanover County Schools

Dr. Tim Markley / Superintendent for Catawba County Schools


The New Hanover County Board of Education IS pleased to announce the three excellent finalists for the superintendent position. All three are currently working in North Carolina School systems. The finalists are Dr. Donna Hargens, Interim Superintendent, Wake County Schools; Dr. James "Rick" Holiday, Assistant Superintendent, New Hanover County Schools, and Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent, Catawba County Schools.

Dr. Donna Hargens is currently serving as interim superintendent of the Wake County, North Carolina schools, a position she has held since March. She joined Wake County in 1989. From 2006 until her appointment as interim superintendent, Dr. Hargens was the district's Chief Academic Officer. She has also served the district as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Prior to her tenure in Wake County, Dr. Hargens spent eight years as a teacher in Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University a Masters degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall UniverSity.

Dr. James "Rick" Holliday has spent 28 years working with the New Hanover County School System. He is currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services, a position he assumed in 2007. Prior to becoming assistant superintendent, Dr. Holliday served the district as a teacher and coach, assistant principal, principal, and executive director of instructional services. He holds a bachelor of science from East Carolina University, a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Tim Markley has been superintendent of the Catawba County, North Carolina schools since 2005. Dr. Markley spent the first 11 years of his Career as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Cumberland County, North Carolina. He served as superintendent of the White Mountains Regional School District in New Hampshire for two years before returning to North Carolina to assume his current position. Dr. Markley received a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a Masters in School Administration from Fayetteville State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Holliday will be interViewed on July 21, followed by Dr. Markley on July 22 and Dr. Hargens on July 26. Following each interview, the board will host a communIty "Meet and Greet" to give members of the community ao opportunity to meet the finalist. A separate event will be held for each finalist. The community "Meet and Greets" will be held on July 21,22 and 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room ofthe Dale K. Spencer Building, 1802 South 15th Street, Wilmington. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all three events. light refreshments will be served.

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