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Dr. Bill Griffin

New Alexander County Schools Superintendent Chosen

The Alexander County Board of Education has named a former district-level leader as the new superintendent of Alexander County Schools. Dr. Bill Griffin has been chosen for that position and it is expected that he will begin as superintendent July 1.

Griffin currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Caldwell County Schools. Prior to his work in Caldwell, Griffin was the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services for Alexander County Schools; there he was responsible for Human Resources, School Safety, Driver Education, Digital Learning, and the Alternative Learning Program. He brings more than 28 years of experience in North Carolina school districts.

Griffin has served as a principal, assistant principal, teacher, and coach. He began his educational career in 1997 at West Caldwell High School. In his current position in Caldwell, Griffin oversees all district personnel matters for 24 schools and nearly 11,000 students. Griffin has served on state level commissions studying recruitment and retention for teaching staff. He was named the Principal of the Year in Caldwell County in 2011. Griffin has worked with various boards and agencies including Cedar Rock Township, Catawba Valley Community College, and the Caldwell County Education Foundation.

He replaces superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner, who, according to a news release, joined board members in welcoming Dr. Griffin back. In January, Dr. Hefner announced to staff her intention to retire at the end of the school year. The board unanimously voted in favor of Griffin Tuesday (May 29).

[Story and photo of Dr. Bill Griffin courtesy of Dr. Denita Dowell-Reavis, Alexander County Schools Testing and Accountability/Public Information Director]