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Leadership & Organization

Meet the executive team and view the CHCCS Org Chart.
Pam Baldwin
Pamela Baldwin, Superintendent
pbaldwin@chccs.k12.nc.us
919-967-8211 x28226

Dr. Pamela Baldwin began her tenure as Superintendent in April 2017. She has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 17 years in North Carolina. Prior to joining Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, she served as Superintendent of Asheville City Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Scotland County Schools, and Director of Teaching and Learning for Currituck County Schools. Along her career journey she also served as a principal and assistant principal, high school science teacher and athletic coach. Dr. Baldwin received her bachelor’s degree in biology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Rydel Harrison
Rydell Harrison, Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services
rharrison@chccs.k12.nc.us
919-967-8211 x28282

Dr. Rydell Harrison was named the Assistant Superintendent in 2017. He has been with CHCCS since 2014, when he was hired as the principal at Phillips Middle School. In 2015, Dr. Harrison was named the executive director of professional development and Project ADVANCE. Prior to joining CHCCS, he worked for 19 years in education, starting as a music teacher before becoming a principal and administrator. He has taught in Guilford County Schools in North Carolina and in schools in New Jersey. Dr. Harrison holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Rutgers University and a master's degree in Divinity from Duke University. He also holds a master's degree in School Administration, as well as a education specialists degree and a doctorate degree in School Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Todd LoFrese
Todd LoFrese, Assistant Superintendent, Support Services
tlofrese@chccs.k12.nc.us
919-967-8211 x28228

Dr. Todd LoFrese joined the district in 2008 after serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Watertown Public Schools in Connecticut from 2003-2008. In his previous role, he was responsible for human resources, facilities, technology, child nutrition and transportation. LoFrese hold a bachelor of science degree in economics from Cornell University. He earned an MBA from Baker College and a certificate of education administration from Sacred Heart University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. LoFrese lives in Carrboro with his wife, Gretchen, and two children, Elizabeth and Chris.
Erika Newkirk
Erika Newkirk, Senior Executive Director, Human Resources
enewkirk@chccs.k12.nc.us
919-967-8211 x28230

Erika Murphy-Newkirk is the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.With 19 years of experience in North Carolina Public Schools, Erika is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow that has taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades in Pender County Schools, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and Durham Public Schools. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Winston-Salem State University to pre-service teachers and at North Carolina Central University to teachers seeking an add-on licensure in gifted education. Additionally, she studied Spanish and taught Calculus to high school seniors abroad in Monterrey, Mexico at Prepa Tec de Santa Catarina. Erika is a National Board Certified Teacher and served as a DREAM Team consultant for NBPTS for four years. Erika received a degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University, and she received her master's degree in Elementary Education from Winston Salem State University. She received an add-on license in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Education (K-12) from North Carolina Central University.


Ruby Pitttman
Ruby Pittman, Senior Executive Director, Budget and Finance
rpittman@chccs.k12.nc.us
919-967-8211 x28205

Ruby Pittman is the Senior Executive Director of Budget and Finance and has worked for the district for 17 years. She has over 30 years of progressive responsibility in fiscal management, including financing, budgeting, fiscal analysis and reporting, accounting, purchasing, facilities management, and human resources for a public school system and higher education institutions. Prior to working at CHCCS, Ruby worked for 11 years at NC Central University as a Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs, and as an Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs/University Budget Officer. She worked for 8 years at UNC-CH as an Assistant to the Director, Institute for Research in Social Science, and as an Office Manager, Institute of Outdoor Drama. Ruby graduated from UNC-CH with a B.F.A. in 1975 and a M.B.A in 1984. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Endowment Management Program and Management Development Program. She is a graduate of the UNC-CH Management Development Program and is a certified trainer for the NC Supervisory Training Program.


Alicia S. Tate
Alicia S. Tate, Senior Executive Director, Exceptional Children
atate@chccs.k12.nc.us
919-967-8211 x28203

Alicia S. Tate is the Senior Executive Director of the Exceptional Children Program and System of Care. Alicia has 30+ years of experience working with and on behalf of individuals who have disabilities. She began her public school career as a special education teacher. Her fifteen years in the classroom included working with students across all disability categories and in both adaptive and general curriculum settings. Additionally, she earned her National Board Certification as an Early Childhood through Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs Specialist in 2000. Alicia has held district special education administration positions for 13 years in Scotland County Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools and Guilford County Schools before joining Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in 2016. She has served as an adjunct instructor for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Alicia earned a BS degree in Special Education from East Carolina University. Additionally, she earned her M.ED and Ph.D in Specialized Education Services from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She serves on the Governor’s Commission on Children with Special Health Care Needs and on the board of the NC Council of Administrators of Special Education.


Jeff Nash, Executive Director for Community Relations
jnash@chccs.k12.nc.us
919-967-8211 x28227

Jeff Nash is no stranger to the Triangle. After nearly 19 years with the Wake County Public School System and two more years with Durham Public Schools, Nash joined the CHCCS team in October of 2012. His experience includes service as a teacher, coach, department chair, school administrator and central office administrator. He is also known locally for his role in hosting educational television shows “The School Connection” and “Full Circle.” He is the Past-President of the North Carolina School Public Relations Association and also served as Southeast Regional Vice President of the National School Public Relations Association. A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Nash earned his Bachelor of Science from Buffalo State College and his Master of Education from North Carolina State University. His book “Rock ‘n Roll Customer Service” was published in 2009.