BURGAW, NC – A new year has brought with it a new Superintendent of Pender County Schools.

Dr. Brad Breedlove officially stepped into his new role on January 1, 2023. Because of the holiday schedule Dr. Breedlove’s first full day in the office was January 3.

“Now that the transition is official I hope you know that it is an honor to serve as Superintendent of our great school system.” Dr. Breedlove said. “I can truly say that everyone I have met has been welcoming and has been passionate about the success of the school system.”

Prior to moving into his new role with Pender County Schools, Dr. Breedlove spent 23 years climbing the ranks of Union County Public Schools where he most recently served as Chief Academic Officer which supports the superintendent by overseeing all areas of teaching, learning, and school performance.

As he adjusts to his new role, in the coming weeks Dr. Breedlove will spend a day in each school speaking with administration, and visiting classrooms to observe student and staff interactions.

“It’s important for me to be in our schools not only to meet those who are educating our children, but to share my expectations in the form of core values that I shared with the Board during my interview process.” Dr. Breedlove said.

Before moving into district-level leadership roles, Dr. Breedlove served as a high school principal for eight years (Monroe High School, Weddington High School). Under his leadership the graduation rate at Monroe High School increased from 73.7% to 84.4% in his first year. Dr. Breedlove cited the hard work of staff and students after being selected as the 2016 High School Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association. He was also named North Carolina High School Principal of the Year (2014), Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year (2013-14) and the Wells Fargo Southwest Regional Principal of the Year (2014).