Superintendent June Atkinson
June St. Clair Atkinson was elected as the North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2004. Dr. Atkinson is the first woman elected to the post of State Superintendent, which also is a member of the Council of State. As State Superintendent, Dr. Atkinson heads the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, an agency which she served for nearly 28 years (1976-2004) as a Chief Consultant and director in the areas of business education, career and technical education, and instructional services. A former business education teacher, Dr. Atkinson’s key priorities are: improving instructional quality and student learning, creating environments that enable teachers’ and students’ success and ensuring that education is modern and relevant.