Dr. Whitney Oakley ‘11 (ELC) Named Acting and then Interim Superintendent for GCS

Posted on May 18, 2022

Dr. Whitney Oakley headshot

We are thrilled to announce that earlier this month, the Board of Education unanimously named Dr. Whitney Oakley to serve as acting superintendent for Guilford County Schools (GCS) from July 11- August 31 and then to assume the position of interim superintendent September 1st and will serve until the board appoints a new superintendent.

Dr. Oakley, a graduate from our educational leadership program here in the School of Education at UNC Greensboro, has been called the ‘right person at the right time’. She graduated with her EdD in Educational Leadership in 2011 and with her EdS in Educational Leadership in 2008. 

She is experienced and willing to step into the leadership role at GCS in these dynamic times. Not only is she a GCS graduate but she and her husband both have boys in GCS schools so she is very rooted in this community. 

“As an educator, parent and long-time resident of Guilford County, it is an honor to serve our schools and community in this capacity,” says Oakley, who began her career as a teacher at Frazier Elementary.

Oakley became the deputy superintendent in September 2021. She had been the chief academic officer since November 2019, overseeing the learning of the district’s roughly 70,000 students. She has served as assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and professional development. Before that, she was the district’s executive director of Curriculum and Instruction for pre-K through fifth grade. In these roles, she has been instrumental in implementing high-quality resources in reading and math and related professional learning for the county’s teachers.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Whitney Oakley!