Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has named Dr. Rydell Harrison as Interim Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the 2016-17 school year. His appointment was approved at a special called meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, July 13. Harrison will replace Dr. Magda Parvey, who has accepted a position with the City School District of New Rochelle (New York).
“Dr. Harrison is absolutely the right person for this important job,” said James Barrett, Chair of the Board of Education. “He is a skilled leader with proven results in the area of instruction, has great relationships with the principals and teachers, and brings a clear understanding of the challenges we will face in the coming year.”
Harrison began his career as a music teacher in New Jersey, and has 19 years in education. Harrison currently serves as Executive Director of Professional Development and Project ADVANCE. He also served as principal of Phillips Middle School.
Prior to joining Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Harrison served as a principal at both an elementary and middle school, as well as a middle school assistant principal in Guilford County Schools.
Harrison holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Rutgers University and a Master of Divinity from Duke University. He also holds a Master of School Administration, Specialist in Education and Doctor of Education in School Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.