After five years in the position, Dr. Peter C. Gorman resigned as Superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in June 2011. In September 2011, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board began the search process for the school district’s next superintendent. To help aid in finding a qualified and accomplished person to fill the position, the district hired PROACT Search.
The district was looking for a leader who possessed positive qualities including dedication to youth and public education, passion, energy and enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and inspire. The district sought a candidate who values collaboration and who believes that staff, parents and community involvement is essential for the success of a district. Finally, the district wanted someone with the ability to articulate a vision and their role in creating and sustaining success.
PROACT Search recruited 86 candidates from both traditional and non-traditional backgrounds. 7 candidates were interviewed by the school board. Shortly thereafter in April 2012, the district hired Dr. Heath E. Morrison, who came to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from the Washoe County School District (Reno).