Pitt County Schools Superintendent announces retirement

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker announced at Monday night’s school board meeting that he will be retiring.

Lenker has been superintendent in Pitt County for the past eleven years, coming from Sampson County, where he was superintendent. His retirement will be effective July 31st.

Lenker’s biography on the Pitt County Schools website says he has spent nearly 36 years working in the field of education, with more than 19 years of superintendent experience. Prior to his position in Sampson County, Lenker spent three years as superintendent of Jones County Schools. He also has experience as a central office director, principal, assistant principal in Eastern North Carolina, and teacher in various Virginia school systems.

Lenker has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the following:

2002 Jones County Principal of the Year,

2012 North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) Southeast Superintendent of the Year,

2017 North Carolina School Superintendents Association Dr. Brad Sneeden Leadership Award,

2017 Central Carolina Regional Education Services Alliance (CCRESA) Superintendent of the Year,

2018 North Carolina School Superintendents Association (NCSSA) Northeast Regional Education Services Alliance (NERESA) Superintendent of the Year Finalist,

2019 Northeast Regional Education Services Alliance (NERESA) Superintendent of the Year Finalist,

2022 Northeast Regional Education Services Alliance (NERESA) Superintendent of the Year Finalist,

2023 Greenville, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.

Just last month the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year.

The Pitt County School, Board did not mention when they hope to have a new superintendent in place.

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