Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory renewed his promise to strengthen and transform education in North Carolina today by naming Eric Guckian as his Senior Education Advisor.
“Education is a top priority of this administration,” said Governor McCrory. “Eric has the thorough understanding of education that this position needs. His passion for narrowing the achievement gap in public schools will drive North Carolina ahead.”
The Senior Education Advisor’s responsibilities include reviewing all facets of public education; pre-K, K-12, North Carolina Community Colleges and Universities. Just some of the opportunities and challenges include coordinating the pre-K program, analyzing and sharing budgets for all public education entities, reviewing Race to the Top grants, and establishing more high quality public school options for all of North Carolina’s students. Another area of focus is getting the latest technology in the classroom to help advance our students’ academic achievement. He’ll also advise the E-learning Task Force. Guckian will work directly with Governor McCrory, State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey and the recently reprised North Carolina Education Cabinet.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as a member of Governor McCrory’s team," said Guckian. "This is a critical time for education in our state, and I’m looking forward to working with committed teachers, leaders and community members to ensure that all of North Carolina’s students, regardless of circumstance, achieve an excellent education that will put them on the pathway to a better life; a life of honor, prosperity and service.”
Guckian joins the McCrory administration after serving as the regional executive director of New Leaders, a national nonprofit in Charlotte, NC that works to develop transformational school leaders and advance educational policies that enable all students to succeed. Prior to his time at New Leaders, Guckian led Teach for America in North Carolina when TFA teachers in North Carolina had the highest student achievement outcomes in the country according to ABC Accountability results and national metrics. Guckian has taught in public schools in North Carolina and New York. He earned a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and received his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.