CMS Board of Education extends offer to Morrison

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has preliminarily selected Dr. Heath Morrison from three finalists for the superintendency. Contract negotiations are currently under way and once complete, the Board will vote at a regular meeting to officially approve the hire of Dr. Morrison and his contract.

Dr. Morrison is presently superintendent of schools in Washoe County (Reno), Nevada. He began his career in Maryland, working in Charles and Montgomery counties as a teacher and administrator, before taking the Reno job in 2009. He, CMS administrator Ann Clark and Memphis City Schools leader Dr. Kriner Cash were the finalists for the CMS job.

“We had three very talented individuals in the list of finalists. All of them had unique strengths and areas of expertise,” said Ericka Ellis-Stewart, chair of the Board of Education. “But we believe that Dr. Morrison is the right leader for CMS now. He brings energy and experience to the many challenges facing our district, as well as a strong commitment to excellence and achievement.”

The Board will formally vote on Dr. Morrison’s selection at its regularly scheduled meeting April 24.