The Wake Education Partnership has turned to a businessman to be the group's next president.
It was announced today that Steve Parrott, a former telecommunications executive who now runs an investment company, will replace Ann Denlinger as the WEP's president. Denlinger is retiring from the position.
While Denlinger was a retired educator, Parrott had climbed the ladder at Sprint, and later Embarq, from the late 1970s to 2009. Earlier this year, Parrott formed Summerset Investment Group, a residential real estate investment and property management company focused on the Raleigh and Wilmington markets.
How Parrott directs the WEP, which has been viewed by supporters of the new school board majority as being critical of the changes taking place, remains to be seen. The WEP is heavily tied with the business community, whose leadership has questioned the elimination of the diversity policy.
Parrott's appointment is coming at the same time as the school board opened up the application process for superintendent to allow non-educators to apply.
Click here for the WEP press release.