State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Friday the appointment of David Stegall as the new deputy superintendent of innovation at the Department of Public Instruction. Stegall, who will begin his duties in June, brings with him more than 20 years' experience in education, most of it in North Carolina K-12 public schools.
"Dr. Stegall's wealth of experience and passion for innovative approaches make him a great fit for our team at DPI," Johnson said. "His addition to the agency means we won't skip a beat in our urgent drive to make North Carolina schools the best place to learn and the best place to teach."
Stegall, who is currently the superintendent of US Curriculum Schools for GEMS Education in Dubai, UAE, is the former superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools, where 100 percent of schools met or exceeded growth in his final two years at the helm. Stegall was named regional Superintendent of the Year in 2017, and developed a national award-winning STEM school, a national award-winning Leader in Me school, a state-recognized personalized learning school and a successful dual-language school, among other accomplishments.
After earning a bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Stegall taught in Rowan-Salisbury Schools and Iredell-Statesville Schools before entering administrative leadership positions in Iredell-Statesville and Newton-Conover schools. He holds a master's degree in education administration from Gardner-Webb University and a doctorate in education leadership from Appalachian State University.
Stegall replaces Eric Hall, who resigned in March to accept a chancellor position at the Florida Department of Education.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.