MeckEd, the Charlotte area’s leading voice on public education issues, on Thursday announced Dr. Bill Anderson, the executive director since 2011, will leave the organization effective June 30 to assume a new role at UNC Charlotte’s College of Education.
“It has been a tremendous honor to work with MeckEd on the most critical issues facing our public schools,” Anderson said. “Education is the great equalizer. When we don’t have a strong public school system, everybody in our community loses. I’m proud of the work MeckEd’s team has done to support strong, vibrant, and successful public schools. I look forward with great enthusiasm to working with the University to help lead current and future teachers and education leaders in their pursuit to serve our schools, children, and communities.”
Anderson, a former teacher, principal and assistant superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, will become a Special Assistant to the Dean at UNC Charlotte’s College of Education. He will focus primarily on community relations, and teacher and principal preparation.
MeckEd’s Board of Directors will immediately begin a search for Dr. Anderson’s successor.
“We are grateful for Bill’s years of service to MeckEd and to public education,” said Richard Nichols, MeckEd’s 2015 board chairman. “The board has the utmost confidence in MeckEd’s outstanding staff to continue the organization’s critical advocacy, community engagement, and workforce development programming.”
Dr. Ellen McIntyre, Dean of the College of Education at UNC Charlotte said, “We are thrilled to have Bill join our team. He brings a strong commitment to educational equity, important connections to community organizations, and both an insider and outsider’s perspective on teacher and principal preparation. Because he is a UNC Charlotte alum, Bill knows about and respects what we do, but also brings with him new ideas about how we can best educate the educators.”