ECPS Announces Leadership Changes


Susan C. Hoke

Communications Coordinator


(252) 641-2678








 ECPS Announces Leadership Changes

For immediate release on July 7, 2015


Tarboro, NC – The Edgecombe County Board of Education recently approved several leadership changes, including an assignment of a district-level leader and new Principals for three schools.


Marc Whichard has been named Executive Director of Human Resources. Whichard joined Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) in 1998 as a teacher at Tarboro High School. He has served as Assistant Principal at SouthWest Edgecombe High School and Principal of Martin Middle School. Most recently, he served as Principal of SouthWest Edgecombe High School.


Edgecombe County Public Schools has provided me with many rewarding experiences over the years,” said Whichard.  “I have enjoyed working with our various communities and look forward to the new experiences in my current role.”


Craig Harris will return to SouthWest Edgecombe High School as the school’s Principal. Harris previously served as Assistant Principal at SouthWest Edgecombe before being named Principal of W.A. Pattillo Middle School for the 2014-2015 school year.


“I am excited about the wonderful opportunity to rejoin such a dedicated and committed staff.  There’s clearly a culture of academic excellence embedded in the SWE school community,” said Harris.


Having served as Assistant Principal at W.A. Pattillo Middle School this past school year, Lauren Prudenti has been named the school’s Principal. Prudenti joined ECPS in 2010 as a teacher at Martin Middle School. She also completed a year-long Administrative Internship at Tarboro High School during the 2013-2014 school year.


“As we move into our second year as a traditional 6-8 middle school, Pattillo’s focus will continue to be on the high quality of our instruction and building partnerships with our parents and community members,” said Prudenti.   


In addition, Donita Gregory will be the Principal of Phillips Middle School. Prior to this appointment, Gregory was the Principal of West Edgecombe Middle School. Also, Tracy Barnes will return to North Edgecombe High School as the Assistant Principal.





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