LAURINBURG — Scotland County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services Larry Johnson will participate in the Aspiring Superintendent Fellows Program, an initiative to increase North Carolina’s pool of qualified school district leaders.
The two-year program aims to increase the number of well-prepared potential superintendents through experiential learning and executive coaching. The program includes both a year-long series of seminars addressing topics such as cultural change within organizations and development of high-performing teams as well as state-of-the-art assessments that allow fellows to understand their specific development needs. The coaching component extends over both years.
A 20-year educator, Johnson has been in his current position since 2012 and served as the district’s assistant superintendent of human resources prior. He will join a class of 20, 18 of whom hold or are currently pursuing doctoral degrees.
The program has been developed and is delivered by Strategic Leadership By Design, a nonprofit led by former Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Granville County superintendent Janice Davis. Larry Coble, a former superintendent and executive director of the 15-district Piedmont Triad Education Consortium, is the fellows’ program seminar leader.
Between 2010 and 2013, North Carolina school districts hired 67 superintendents, with over half of the state’s districts picking a new leader in that time. Of those hired, 49 were first-time superintendents.