The Cumberland County Board of Education and Community welcome Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., our new superintendent, to the Cumberland County Schools (CCS). Dr. Connelly took office on July 1, 2018.
His experience, leadership, and dedication will serve CCS’ students, staff, and the community well for years to come. The Board is confident that Dr. Connelly will lead the school system to even higher achievements.
Dr. Connelly has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 25 years in North Carolina. Since 2013, he has served as the Chief of Staff for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), where he has been responsible for the daily operations of the superintendent’s office and for coordinating the functions of the school system across all departments. Prior to his current position, he served the WCPSS for seven years as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, where he led the development, implementation, and evaluation of special education, counseling, student, and intervention services. In addition, he oversaw the school system’s alternative schools and programs. Dr. Connelly also previously served the WCPSS as a middle school and high school principal and as a high school assistant principal. He began his career in public education as a special education teacher assistant and teacher in the WCPSS, after proudly serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, including time in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Dr. Connelly has an impressive academic background as well. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University. After earning master’s degrees in special education and school administration from North Carolina State University, he went on to obtain a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University.
Dr. Connelly is excited about leading the Cumberland County Schools and being an active member of the community. He and his wife, Joyce, have four grown children and seven grandchildren. Dr. Connelly says, “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity afforded me as the superintendent of the Cumberland County Schools. I look forward to providing continued support and strong leadership to foster student success and improved outcomes. Together with the students, parents, teachers, system leaders, community partners, and the Board, we will establish a strategic plan to attain new levels of excellence for all of the students in the Cumberland County Schools. We must graduate college and career-ready students who can collaborate, communicate, think critically, and who are creative so that they can compete in an increasingly interconnected world.”
Published by Laurie Pender on July 5, 2018