Joe Ferrell ’96 sworn in as superintendent of Richmond County Schools

Ferrell was sworn in as superintendent of Richmond County Schools, North Carolina on Feb. 13.

As reported in the The Richmond Observer, Joe Ferrell was sworn in to the new position Monday morning at the Central Office boardroom, with the oath administered by Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel.

His daughter, Brooke, held the Bible as he took the oath.

Dr. Joe Ferrell takes the oath as superintendent of Richmond County Schools from Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel, right, while his daughter, Brooke, holds the Bible. Photo by Richmond County Schools

According to a press release, Ferrell “expressed gratitude to the board and excitement to lead this community” as superintendent.

Ferrell obtained his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elon, earned a master’s in school administration from N.C. State University and his doctorate in educational leadership from UNC-Greensboro.

Ferrell has been working in public education in North Carolina for 25 years, starting as a fifth-grade teacher in Roxboro before becoming an assistant principal in Person County Schools.

Ferrell then worked as an elementary and middle school principal in Guilford County for nearly a decade, followed by a five-year stint as principal of Williams High School in Burlington.

He then moved up the administrative ladder, serving as executive director of secondary education for the Burlington-Alamance system and took the reins as superintendent in Camden County in 2017.