Vance County School Board Announces Superintendent!
The Vance County School Board of Education has approved Dr. Cindy Bennett as the next Superintendent for Vance County Schools, effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Bennett has over three decades of experience in education, bringing a wealth of qualifications and diverse experiences.
Dr. Bennett, a familiar face in our district, has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Strategic Planning for the last six years. During her time with VCS, Dr. Bennett secured a $650,000 grant through the Golden LEAF Foundation and was selected as a presenter and panelist at the National Modern Teacher Conference and numerous state level conferences.
“Dr. Bennett is dedicated to our community, our schools and most importantly our students. We have been impressed with her work in Vance County Schools over the last six years. Her qualifications and experience beyond Vance County will allow her to boldly lead our district. We look forward to supporting her, working together towards ongoing excellence,” said Linda Cobb, Vance County Board of Education Chair.
Prior to Vance County Schools, Bennett has spent time at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, as well as a District Transformation Coach. Dr. Bennett was a member of the education team with Japan Foundation and Spanish Embassy during her tenure at the Department of Public Instruction, visiting schools and developing educational strategy in both countries. Bennett served as a National Baldrige Consultant supporting educational coalitions in Alaska, specifically with the Chugach School District, one of the first educational organizations to win the Malcolm Baldrige Award for Educational Excellence. She served as the first Executive Director for Strategic Twin Counties Educational Partnership supporting Nash and Edgecombe counties. This educational non- profit, the inception of the Cummins Engine Corporation, focused on collective impact and Six Sigma principles that would enhance education and career opportunities and connections.
A native of Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, Bennett began her education journey as a teacher in Columbus County Schools, later becoming a leader administrator in Whiteville City Schools. She also spent two years as a supporting instructor at the North Carolina Teacher Academy at East Carolina University.
“I am excited to lead an innovative, educational organization, that will expand educational opportunities for all learners,” said Bennett. “Henderson has been my home now for over eleven years. I am honored to serve this community.”
Dr. Bennett graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning her Masters of Education. She went on to earn her Ph.D in K-12 Educational Leadership from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Bennett supports the diverse and unique needs of every student. With her unwavering commitment to Vance County Schools, the district is confident in their decision. The Board believes Dr. Bennett’s experience, leadership and dedication to students, staff and the community make her the best selection.
Bennett resides in Henderson with her husband, Ronald Bennett. Dr. Bennett has a daughter, Ashlynn, also an educator, who lives in Sumter, SC with her husband Jeffrey and two sons, Benjamin and Luke; step- daughters Lauren Roberson, husband Colin and daughter Everly; Kayla Boyette and husband Austin, and step-son Jared Bennett. She is a member of Island Creek Baptist Church in Henderson, where she serves as an Adult Sunday school teacher.
Dr. Bennett is replacing outgoing Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Jackson, who served in Vance County Schools the last six years.