Aaron Spence will take over as the new superintendent of Moore County schools in February.
During a special meeting late Tuesday afternoon, the Moore County Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Spence to replace current Superintendent Susan Purser, who is retiring at the end of the month.
Spence will take over the position Feb. 6. Mike Griffin, the school system’s chief finance officer, will serve as interim superintendent in January.
After conducting a nationwide search through the N.C. School Boards Association, the board reviewed applications and supporting documentation for more than 25 candidates and considered information collected in community and staff surveys before narrowing its choices.
Board chairwoman Kathy Farren said that early on in the board’s search, Spence stood out among a large applicant pool of qualified candidates.
“When the board started this process, we had no idea what our pool of applicants would be like,” she said. “However, we were extremely pleased with the caliber of candidates who responded and with whom we met. Among these, Dr. Spence stood out from the very beginning, and throughout the process, we continued to be impressed with his experience, vision and enthusiasm.”
Farren added that she and her fellow board members are confident that Spence will be able to lead the Moore County school system to the next level of achievement, given his previous successes in other school systems.