Board of Education Chooses Superintendent Search Firm

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2022

Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386

Board of Education Chooses Superintendent Search Firm
Summit Search Solutions will lead district through search process

Greensboro, N.C. – Guilford County Schools has chosen Summit Search Solutions<> to spearhead its search for a new superintendent. The Board of Education chose the firm from among three candidates at its meeting Tuesday, after interviewing all three at a virtual meeting last week.
Summit Search Solutions is an executive search firm with a history in higher education and nonprofit recruiting. Of nearly 200 placements made since 2017, more than 69 percent were women or people of color. The company is woman-owned with an office in North Carolina.
At its meeting on May 10, the board named deputy superintendent Dr. Whitney Oakley<> as acting superintendent beginning July 11 and interim superintendent beginning Sept. 1, assuming a new superintendent isn’t chosen before that time.
Superintendent Sharon Contreras announced in January that she will leave the district this summer to become CEO of The Innovation Project<> in Raleigh.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina and the 50th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, serves more than 70,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 9,800 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at

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