PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Schools Superintendent Dr. Terri Cobb has announced her retirement effective Oct. 1, 2017. Cobb was hired as superintendent of Pender County Schools in 2012.
Cobb will have completed more than 38 years of active service in North Carolina’s public schools upon retiring. Throughout her career in education she has worked as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and several leadership roles at the central office level including chief of staff in Wake County.
According to a release from the district, during Cobb’s tenure as superintendent, Pender County Schools earned district-wide accreditation through AdvancED, passed a $75 million bond funding a new school at Penderlea, an elementary and middle school in Surf City, and additions and renovations at Burgaw Middle, Cape Fear Elementary, Cape Fear Middle, Pender High, and West Pender Middle; increased student performance; and increased graduation rates to over 90 percent. The district has also received several grants, including 21st Century and Panasonic grants.
“As a district, we have achieved so much. I am very appreciative to our students, teachers, principals, assistant principals, central services administrators, and Board of Education,” Cobb said. “It has been a humbling experience to serve the Pender County Board of Education and this community. Much has been accomplished and I look forward to celebrating the district’s continued success in the future.”
Dr. Cobb said she will continue to be an advocate for public education in North Carolina. She looks forward to spending more time with family.
The Pender County Board of Education will be working with the North Carolina School Boards Association to conduct its search for the district’s next superintendent.