Dr. Clayton M. Wilcox became superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on July 1, 2017. He came to the district from Washington County, Maryland, where he had been superintendent for nearly six years.
“I believe that our schools need to serve all kids well, regardless of their background, experiences or circumstance,” Dr. Wilcox says. “Great leadership, great teaching, big-picture literacy, a guaranteed and viable curriculum and great schools are the elements public education needs to meet the needs of our children.”
A native of Iowa, Dr. Wilcox began his career as a teacher in the Tri-Valley Community School District in Illinois in 1979. A year later, he moved to Waterloo Community Schools in Iowa, where he taught in elementary and middle schools before working in human resources, as an assistant principal in a middle school and as an elementary principal.
In 1994, he joined St. Johns County School District in Florida as director for personnel services, subsequently becoming executive director for human resources and staff development. Since then, he has served as superintendent for school districts in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Pinellas County in Florida and Maryland. He has also worked as a vice president and senior vice president for education and corporate relations at Scholastic, Inc.
Dr. Wilcox received his undergraduate degree and his master’s degree in education at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University in Florida. He has also studied strategic planning and instructional design at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business and information management and telecommunications, instructional assessment and employee performance management at Viterbo College in Wisconsin.
In addition to his K-12 work in education, Dr. Wilcox has taught at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and Jacksonville University in Florida. He has also served on the Pre-K-20 Council at Frostburg State University in Maryland and on the board of advisors for the university system of Maryland in Hagerstown.
He has served in multiple state and national education associations, including the Council of Great City Schools, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Education Research Development Institute. He was a governor’s appointee to the Maryland Longitudinal Data Board and the legislative task force to study 21st-century school construction.
Dr. Wilcox is married with two grown children. He and his wife Julie live in Charlotte.
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