K12 administration veteran to take the helm at North Carolina’s Davidson County CC

Darrin Hartness will lead Davidson County Community College in North Carolina after spending his entire career in the state’s K12 public school system.

For the past seven years, Hartness has served as superintendent of Davie County Schools, where he spearheaded construction of a new high school.

During his tenure there, the Center for American Progress ranked Davie County No. 2 out of 115 North Carolina school districts for how much academic achievement the district achieved for each dollar spent.

Previously, Hartness was superintendent of Mount Airy Schools and an assistant superintendent at Cleveland County Schools.

Hartness takes over as the community college’s fourth president in January 2019.

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