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Dr. Tim Markley. Photo courtesy New Hanover County Schools.
Dr. Tim Markley. Photo courtesy New Hanover County Schools.

The New Hanover County school district’s top education leader has been named as one of the best in the state.

Dr. Tim Markley was recently named the 2015-16 Southeast Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Southeast Region Superintendents’ Education Alliance.

“He has been instrumental in improving the system’s test scores, graduation rates, securing the largest bond approval in the history of the system, and working with our county to secure appropriate levels of funding during his tenure,” New Hanover County Board of Education member Edward Higgins said of Markley.

Markley will now go on to vie for the A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Award, the winner of which will be announced in November.

The state-level competition judges superintendents on their leadership in learning, communication skills, professionalism and community involvement, according to a news release from New Hanover County Schools.

The state winner will then go on to compete for the national title from the American Association of School Administrators.

While he acknowledged feeling honored by the award, Markley, who has served as local superintendent since 2010, said it doesn’t just belong to him.

“I consider the honor to be more of a district award,” he said. “It is a reflection of the positive work that is being done in our schools by both employees and students.”