PENDER COUNTY — The Pender County Board of Education announced Wednesday it’s appointed a new member to fill the vacant seat left by Brad George.
George was sworn in to the Pender County Board of Commissioners, following a vacancy left by Jimmy Tate.
Phil Cordeiro was selected by the Pender County GOP as George’s replacement. Cordeiro will be sworn in at the March 21 board of education meeting.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to help Pender County Schools continue its pursuit of scholastic achievement — our community has an exciting future ahead,” Cordeiro said in a press release. “I appreciate Pender County’s diversity, from east to west, as someone who was raised on a small family farm in a rural community.”
A California native, Cordeiro grew up on a small family farm, youngest of five sons born to Portuguese immigrant parents.
He holds a political science degree from the University of California Berkley and a master’s degree in public administration and accounting, both from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is a member of UNC School of Government’s alumni association, where he earned a finance officer certification, and volunteers in support of local government education.
Cordeiro joined the U.S. Marine Corps while in college and was commissioned as an officer after graduation. After various global tours, including to Iraq and Afghanistan, he retired as a major. He’s now a member of the American Legion and supportive of veteran causes.
Following his military career, Cordeiro moved to North Carolina and served as a budget analyst for the City of Wilmington, a finance officer with the Town of Hillsborough, and town manager with Youngsville. As a certified public accountant, he later transitioned to private practice as an accountant and consultant for local governments.
Cordeiro now lived in Hampstead with his wife and son.
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