Rowan-Salisbury Schools (RSS) superintendent, Dr. Tony B. Watlingon, Sr., was recently named to the Hunt Institute’s 2021-22 ElevateNC Higher Education program cohort.
ElevateNC is a program designed to strengthen members’ leadership capacity to focus on developing statewide and community-specific strategies to increase postsecondary educational attainment. Cohort members are prominent leaders, including state policymakers, K-12 superintendents and teachers, higher education administrators and faculty, business community members, advocacy organizations and local government representatives.
The Hunt Institute is partnering with myFutureNC, which aims to have two million North Carolinians attain a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree by 2030.
Cohort members will meet for four sessions over eight months beginning in October. Sessions will cover various topics and policy issues while providing avenues for leaders to move from learning to implementation. Participants will learn from leading practitioners, students, elected officials, and state and national resource experts.
“I am both humbled and honored to be selected as a member of the 2021-22 cohort of the ElevateNC Higher Education program. I am strongly committed to the work of increasing postsecondary education for our students,” said Watlington. “One key component of our emerging strategic plan in alignment with our directional system is for all Rowan-Salisbury Schools students to have the necessary skills to be enrolled, enlisted or employed in high-paying jobs. I see this opportunity as another way for us to capitalize on best-practice solutions to help all of our students realize possibilities for their future and simultaneously support