Hattabaugh named CMS interim superintendent
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education named Hugh E. Hattabaugh interim superintendent of the district at its June 28 meeting. Hattabaugh will serve as interim for a year while the Board seeks a permanent replacement for Dr. Peter C. Gorman, who resigned as superintendent on June 8.

Hattabaugh has been chief operating officer for CMS since October 2008. He came to the district as an area superintendent for the North Learning Community in July 2007 from Little Rock, Ark., where he had been a deputy superintendent.

“It is an honor to serve Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools during this important transition period,” Hattabaugh said. “I look forward to working with the Board, the staff and our students and families during the 2011-2012 school year to keep CMS on its trajectory of significant reform and improvement.”

Under the terms of his interim-superintendency contract, Hattabaugh will begin his new role on July 1 and will serve as interim through July 1, 2012. Dr. Gorman will be paid by the Board through Aug. 1, 2011, and will assist in Hattabaugh’s transition during that time.

Hattabaugh will be paid a base salary of $190,000. He is also eligible for a lump-sum payment of $35,000 at the end of his interim term.

A native of Salem, Ind., he began his educational career in Muncie, Ind., where he taught science and coached at North Del Middle School before returning to Salem to teach biology and coach football, basketball and track at Salem High School. In 1986, he accepted a teaching job in Orlando, Fla., first teaching science and then becoming an administrative dean at Meadowbrook Middle School in Orange County. He later became an assistant principal, then a principal in Orange County schools.

Hattabaugh holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in health education in 1972 from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. In 1976, he completed his master’s degree in secondary education at Indiana University in Bloomington. He has won multiple awards for excellence in educational leadership and is an assessor of leadership development and assessment for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Hattabaugh is married, with two grown daughters and four grandchildren.