Deputy State Superintendent Dr. Eric Hall is leaving the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for a new job in Florida schools. Hall will be taking the role of Chancellor for Innovation at the Florida Department of Education in March.
According to a press release by NCDPI, Hall’s new job includes overseeing the implementation of things such as “workforce and computer science education, expanding school choice and K-12 standards.”
“Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has shown his dedication to student success and to using innovative strategies to spread that success in support of public schools,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran in the statement. “I thank Superintendent Johnson for his gracious support of Eric’s career and family and am happy to welcome Eric home to the Sunshine State.”
“This is an unbelievable opportunity to continue to work at the state level,” said Dr. Hall.
Hall said he was looking forward to working in Florida and that both Gov. DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran have great ideas and a great vision for education in the state.
“I think the thing I am most proud of is to be able to really work and build good, strong teams,” said Hall about his work in the Tarheel state.
“North Carolina has unbelievable people and people who are so committed to education from our business communities and our government,” he said. “So, I think that being able to work with leaders across this state that are dedicated to building strong education systems at the local level and the state level – to me, I’m proud to have been a part of that work.”
“We hate to see Eric go, but when you assemble a great team you can’t be surprised when good opportunities come knocking,” Superintendent Mark Johnson said in the press release. “Florida’s commissioner of education, Richard Corcoran, is focused on many of the same education innovations as we have been in North Carolina, so Eric will be a great asset and leader in this work. Rachel and I wish him and his family the best as they return to the Sunshine State.”
In 2018, Hall was named deputy state superintendent of innovation in North Carolina. Prior to that post, Hall was the founding superintendent of North Carolina’s Innovative School District.
Dr. Hall is originally from Florida and came to North Carolina in 2013 to take a position as president and CEO of Communities in Schools of North Carolina. Hall had also served as the National Director of Educational Services for AMIkids Inc., a non-profit organization that is “dedicated to helping youth develop into responsible and productive citizens.”
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A.P. Dillon is the North Carolina Bureau Chief for The Tennesee Star and a reporter at Battleground State News. Follow A.P. Dillon on Twitter. Email Tips to [email protected].
Photo “Eric Hall” by Education Matters.