Johnston Area Superintendent Leaving For New Job

Johnston County Public Schools Area Superintendent Dr. Rodney Peterson is leaving to accept a job in another school district.

On Monday, the Person County Board of Education named Dr. Peterson as the new superintendent of Person County Schools. He will assume his duties on May 3rd.

Peterson was selected from a field of 30 candidates for the job in Roxboro.

“I am humbled to be chosen by the Board of Education to lead Person County Schools,” Dr Peterson said in a statement released Monday. “In the coming weeks I look forward to meeting and speaking with staff and community members in garnering ideas to strengthen our great schools.  This is an exciting time for both Person County Schools and my family as we collaborate to grow this wonderful community.”

Prior to being named Johnston County Schools Area Superintendent in 2016, Dr. Peterson served as Chief Academic Officer for 4 years and the Executive Director of Support Services for one year. He was also an assistant principal and principal and served for one year as the Title I Grants Coordinator in Johnston County.

He began his career as a classroom teacher in Benson. He has also taught education courses as an adjunct professor at Campbell University and North Carolina State University.

Dr. Peterson holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He obtained a master’s degree in elementary education from Campbell University and a master’s degree in school administration and a doctorate in educational leadership from North Carolina State University.

Johnston County Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow told WTSB News, “We are happy for Dr. Peterson and his family. The folks in Person County are getting an outstanding educator. We are happy for them. We’re sorry he is leaving but we are very happy for him.”

Photos courtesy Person County Schools