Asheville City Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Gene Freeman Retiring on November 30, 2022

Press release from Asheville City Schools:

After a career that includes nearly 30 years of educational experience, Dr. Gene Freeman will be retiring from Asheville City Schools effective November 30, 2022.

“He has served as the superintendent since July 2020 and has led our district through, arguably, the most challenging time in public education,” said James Carter, Chair of the Asheville City Board of Education.  “We are saddened to see him leave our district but excited that he will be able to devote more time to his most important role, Grandpa.”

“I’ve been fortunate to serve in five great school districts.  Thank you for allowing me to end my career by leading Asheville City Schools,” said Dr. Gene Freeman.  “I’ve enjoyed my time here, but I have family all over the country, and I’ve been away from them for too long.”

A native of Fairmont, North Carolina, Dr. Freeman began his career as a teacher in the Public Schools of Roberson County before being promoted as the Initially Licensed Teacher Coordinator then Executive Director for Curriculum and Support Programs. In August 2006, Dr. Freeman started his first superintendency at Weatherly Area School District in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Cougar Family, he was also superintendent of Manheim Township School District and Fox Chapel Area School District.

“Through my last day, I am committed to continuing our focus on school improvement and leaving the district in as good a shape as we, the Cougar Family, can before turning over the baton,” said Freeman.

Closer to his retirement, the current Board of Education will appoint an Interim Superintendent.

Once the elected School Board is sworn into office, it will begin its national search for Asheville City Schools’ next leader. Ideally, the new superintendent will be leading our district in time to start the 2023-2024 school year.


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