Eric Guckian was appointed as Gov. Pat McCrory’s Senior Advisor on Education in May 2013. As the senior education advisor, Eric provides strategic advice and shapes the education agenda for the governor on all P-20 education issues in the service of 1.6 million public school students in North Carolina. Eric previously served as executive director of Teach for America-North Carolina and as the founding executive director for New Leaders in Charlotte. Eric is a proud product of the public school system and a first generation college student. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Colgate University in 1993 and later received a master’s in education from Harvard University in 1998. Eric lives with his wife, Lisa, and his daughters, Scarlett and Elsa, in Durham, N.C.