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Governor’s Education Cabinet discusses education’s future

Governor Pat McCrory‘s North Carolina Education Cabinet convened on July 15th and discussed his vision for a changing education system in North Carolina. 

Some of the goals in his vision include passing the $734 million Connect NC bond proposal, supporting the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and improving school connectivity. McCrory also talked about the importance of turning more university research into products and giving local education officials more flexibility for hiring and funding decisions, according to a press release.

RALEIGH, NC -- July 15, 2015 Governor Pat McCrory leads the meting of the North Carolina Education Cabinet in downtown Raleigh (Photo Credit: Governor's Flickr account)
Governor Pat McCrory leads the meting of the North Carolina Education Cabinet in downtown Raleigh (Photo Credit: Governor Pat McCrory/Flickr)

“I came to office promising to break down the silos in education so that we could maximize student outcomes, increase efficiencies and build the 21st century workforce that North Carolina needs to compete in a global economy,” said Governor McCrory in the press release. “We have accomplished a great deal but need to continue working together.”

Governor Pat McCrory's Education Advisor Eric Guckian (Photo Credit: Governor's Flckr.com account)
Governor Pat McCrory, right, and his Education Advisor Eric Guckian at the Education Cabinet meeting (Photo Credit: Governor Pat McCrory/Flickr)

McCrory also honored and said goodbye to NC Community College President Scott Ralls and his Education Advisor Eric Guckian, the press release stated.

Ralls is moving on to Northern Virginia Community College where he will serve as president.

Community College President Scott Ralls, right, at the Education Cabinet meeting (Photo Credit: Governor's Flickr account)
Community College President Scott Ralls, right, at the Education Cabinet meeting (Photo Credit: Governor Pat McCrory/Flickr)

Guckian has accepted a position as Vice President of Alliances for Leadership for Educational Equity, an organization that works with Teach For America members and alumni. 

Governor Pat McCrory, right, awards his Education Advisor Eric Guckian The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (Photo Credit: Governor's Flickr account)
Governor Pat McCrory, right, awards his Education Advisor Eric Guckian The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (Photo Credit: Governor Pat McCrory/Flickr)

McCrory awarded both men The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, given to state residents “who have demonstrated a lifetime of service to the State,” according to the award’s website, the press release stated.

Governor Pat McCrory, left, awarding Community College President Scott Ralls The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (Photo Credit: Governor's Flickr account)
Governor Pat McCrory, left, awarding Community College President Scott Ralls The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (Photo Credit: Governor Pat McCrory/Flickr)

“We are grateful for leaders like Scott Ralls and Eric Guckian, who have both shown a strong commitment to education here in the state of North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory in the press release.

Alex Granados

Alex Granados is senior reporter for EducationNC.