The Gaston County Board of Education has unanimously appointed deputy superintendent of schools Jeff Booker as the next superintendent.
The board made the announcement during Monday’s regular meeting.
Booker, 50, will become superintendent Jan. 1, 2014, when superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon retires.
Booker joined Gaston County Schools in 2009 as deputy superintendent for operations. Previously, he served as assistant vice president of Carolinas Heathcare System in Charlotte from 2005-2009 and principal of LWA Associates in Cramerton for nine years. LWA Associates is a professional firm that specializes in management of educational facilities.
LWA was a consultant for the $2.5billion higher education bond program passed by North Carolina voters and, during that same period, also served Gaston County Schools in developing the 2001 $89million bond package. In addition, the firm was program manager for the design and construction of nine classroom additions provided by that 2001 bond package.
Booker played a major leadership role in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from 1994 to 2000, as CMS assistant superintendent of building services for three years, executive director of facilities for two years, and director of finance and program management for one year.
Booker has an extensive background in finance and retirement investments. He was manager of debt compliance and pension investments for Collins & Aikman Group in Charlotte from 1992-1994 and has also worked for McDevitt Street Bovis and First Union Bank.
A graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, Booker has a concentration in finance and additional coursework in management and leadership. He has a North Carolina Real Estate license and is a Certified Cash Manager.
Gaston County Board of Education Chairman Kenneth Lutz said in a release that “with knowledge and expertise in finance, educational facilities and program management, Mr. Booker is a visionary leader who will move Gaston County Schools forward.”
Booker’s annual salary will be $180,000. He is married to Rhonda Collins Booker, and they have three children: a daughter, who attends Appalachian State University, and two sons. One son is a student at Cramerton Middle School and the other attends Forestview High School.
Booker is an elder at Grace Covenant Church.