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DPS Board of Education Names New Chief of Staff

Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, DPS Chief of Staff

June 17, 2010


CONTACT: Jackie Ellis, Assistant Superintendent Human Resource Services, 560-2353

 DURHAM—Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee has been appointed Chief of Staff for Durham Public Schools effective July 1.  This is not a newly created position, but instead replaces the Chief Administrative Officer position left vacant by Interim Superintendent Hank Hurd.

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Ferebee will lead and support DPS’ 53 principals.  He will work directly with incoming Superintendent Eric J. Becoats in developing and overseeing academic programs and in assisting in the development of the district’s budget.

Dr. Ferebee has been a Regional Superintendent in Guilford County Schools since 2009, where he was responsible for complete oversight of a region of schools with 6,800 students and 864 licensed staff members. He served as the district’s Instructional Improvement Officer for two years prior, where he was chief instructional leader and manager for a division of 13 middle schools.  

Dr. Ferebee was a middle school principal in Guilford County Schools from 2005 to 2007 and an elementary school principal for four years prior in High Point City Schools.  He was Guilford County Schools Principal of the Year in 2006.

Dr. Ferebee holds a Doctorate in Education from East Carolina University, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University.

“Seasoned instructional leadership, strong administrative skills and school-based experience make Dr. Lewis Ferebee the perfect candidate to serve Durham Public Schools as Chief of Staff,” said Hurd. “His work with our new Superintendent will be part of an extraordinary team to take Durham Public Schools to new heights in this new decade.”