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Henry Johnson

Professor of the Practice

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Dr. Henry Johnson is an Executive Coach with the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) at N.C. State University and is a Professor of Practice working with the North East North Carolina Doctoral Cohort. Henry’s work experiences include serving as Senior Consultant with Learning Forward, formerly the National Staff Development Council; Senior Advisor on B&D Consulting’s education team (Washington, D. C.); Chief Operating Officer of the Bermuda Department of Education; Assistant Secretary for Secondary and Elementary Education, U. S. Department of Education; Mississippi State Superintendent of Education; and Associate State Superintendent at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI).

Other experiences include work as Assistant Superintendent in Johnston County (NC) Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent in Pleasantville (NJ) Public Schools, Director of Policy Development and Research for the North Carolina School Boards Association, Director of Middle School Programs in Wake County (NC), middle school principal, coordinator of staff development (NC DPI), consultant for programs for gifted students (NC DPI) and teacher of biology, physics and math in North Carolina and Virginia. During his career Henry has served on many boards, including the Southern Region Education Board and the National Assessment Governing Board.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Council on Teacher Quality and the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of the Florence Aid to Students and Teachers, North Carolina (FAST NC), a group formed to assist students and teachers impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Dr. Johnson has an undergraduate degree in biology from Livingston College (Salisbury, N. C.), a master’s in science education from UNC- Chapel Hill and a doctorate in school administration from NC State University. He has served in many leadership roles in over forty-five years in education.