School of Education

Full Circle for GCS Superintendent

Dr. Oakley celebrates with students from Allen Jay Preparatory Academy during her one-year anniversary celebration, held at Congdon Yards in High Point on September 1, 2023. Photo by Toni Shaw.

As Dr. Whitney Oakley moves into her second year as superintendent of one of the state’s largest school districts, she points to her experiences as a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro for contributing to her success as an educator.

UNCG Alumna Named Superintendent of Guilford County Schools

Dr. Whitney Oakley, right, speaks with a Guilford County student in a classroom

When searching for its next superintendent, Guilford County Schools (GCS) did not need to look far for its new leader. Dr. Whitney Oakley, who earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership from UNC Greensboro’s School of Education in 2011 and was serving as the district’s interim superintendent, was recently selected to guide North Carolina’s third-largest public school district.