The following is a press release from NC Public Schools
State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that Eric Hall will be leaving his post in March, returning to his home state of Florida to become chancellor for innovation at the Florida Department of Education. Eric has been deputy state superintendent of innovation in North Carolina since that position was created last year; previously, he served as the founding superintendent of North Carolina’s Innovative School District. Eric first came to North Carolina in 2013 to serve as president and CEO of Communities in Schools of North Carolina.
“We hate to see Eric go, but when you assemble a great team you can’t be surprised when good opportunities come knocking,” Johnson said. “Florida’s commissioner of education, Richard Corcoran, is focused on many of the same education innovations as we have been in North Carolina, so Eric will be a great asset and leader in this work. Rachel and I wish him and his family the best as they return to the Sunshine State.”
In Florida, Eric will report directly to Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran and will focus on implementation of top education priorities such as workforce and computer science education, expanding school choice, K-12 standards and more. A Florida native, Eric previously worked with AMIkids from 1997 to 2013, including as the group’s national director of educational services, supervising the accountability processes and academic programming for 56 school sites across nine states.
“Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has shown his dedication to student success and to using innovative strategies to spread that success in support of public schools,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “I thank Superintendent Johnson for his gracious support of Eric’s career and family and am happy to welcome Eric home to the Sunshine State.”
Hall is the son of two public school teachers and earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of South Florida.