NCCU appoints Catherine Edmonds as new chief of staff

North Carolina Central University has named Catherine Edmonds, a veteran educator, as the school’s next chief of staff. She will begin her new role on May 1.

Edmonds’ job will be to “advise, support, coordinate and collaborate on initiatives for NCCU’s Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye,” the school said in a statement on Monday.  

In addition to serving on NCCU’s executive leadership team, she also will plan and direct all administrative, financial and operational activities for chancellor’s office, according to the announcement.

Edmonds currently serves as deputy state superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Her 30-year career includes numerous leadership roles in primary, secondary and higher education.

Edmonds began her career with Granville County Schools before being named program director with the North Carolina New Schools Project and an instructional improvement officer for Guilford County Schools. 

She later served as a local district superintendent for Bertie County Schools and Elizabeth City Pasquotank public schools. 

Edmonds also was director for educational leadership and development and state director of the Principal Fellows Program for the University of North Carolina system.

Additionally, Edmonds has served as director and executive coach for the Aspiring School Improvement Grant Leaders Academy Fellows at North Carolina State University.

She serves on several boards and committees, including the NC Public School Forum Advisory Board, Cognia Accreditation Commission Appeals Committee and Friday Institute for Education Innovation. 

Edmonds earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from North Carolina A&T State University. She also holds a master’s degree in school administration from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in educational administration from North Carolina State.

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