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June Atkinson's Biography

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Full Name:

June St. Clair Atkinson




Husband: William Gurley

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Moneta, VA


United Methodist

EdD, Educational Leadership and Policy, North Carolina State University, 1996

MS, Vocational and Technical Education, Virginia Tech, 1974

BS, Business Education, Radford University, 1969

Superintendent of Public Instruction, North Carolina, 2004-2016

President, High Schools That Work, Southern Regional Education Board, 1995-1997


High School Teacher, Business, Charlotte, North Carolina

Section Chief, Business Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

High School Teacher, Business, Roanoke, Virginia

Director, Career and Technical Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Assistant Director, Division of Instructional Services, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Director, Division of Instructional Services, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

President, Council of Chief State School Officers, 2014-present

Member, First United Methodist Church, Cary, North Carolina

Former President, National Business Education Association

Member, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 1976-2004

President, National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium, 2001-2003


Champion of Children Award, North Carolina Association of School Administrators; State Policy Maker of the Year Award, National Association for State Educational Technology Directors; North Carolina Association of Educators Inclusive Leadership Award

Priority Issues:

As State Superintendent, June's priority is to uplift each child's teachers with the respect and salary that they deserve. In order to succeed, our teachers must have adequate resources, effective professional development, and modern classrooms equipped with new technology.

She will continue to support initiatives that ensure that every child:

Graduates from high school prepared for life, citizenship, work, and further education;
Excels in reading;
Has access to modern technology;
Has a teacher who is respected and paid a competitive salary
She also believe that public schools have been over regulated by the General Assembly. She will work with the General Assembly to repeal laws that stifle innovative school success in each school district.