Clover schools select decorated N.C. educator as superintendent

Marc Sosne, superintendent-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, has been named superintendent of the Clover school district. He will begin July 1, according to district officials.

Sosne (pronounced sahs-knee) previously was superintendent for eight years in the Pender County School District in North Carolina before he arrived at UNC-Wilmington three years ago.

"I am honored that the Clover school board chose me, and I am ready to get started," he said. "I have done some different things at UNC-Wilmington, but the truth of the matter is that I missed working in the schools."

Sosne, 56, was named to the Clover post Monday. He will replace Vickie Phelps, who stepped down earlier this year to spend more time with her mother.

At UNC-Wilmington, Sosne has been designing its master's degree program and designing and securing approval for a new doctoral program in educational leadership.

Joe Gordon, vice chairman of the Clover school board, said Sosne's experience will be a great addition to the district, which has more than 5,000 students and about 800 teachers and staff.

"We look forward to continuing to grow this community and he will help us with that," Gordon said.

Last fall, Clover voters approved a $58.5 million bond issue to build a new elementary and middle school in the district and technology upgrades. Construction will start sometime this summer with the schools scheduled to open in 2009, Gordon said.

Steve Brown, the Clover board chairman, said Sosne's experience in development was a key factor in his hiring. Sosne had supervised two bond referendums in Pender County that resulted in almost $100 million in new school buildings.

"We were looking for someone who had experience with building schools," Brown said. "I think he is going to be a good fit with us."

The Clover school board was looking for someone to continue on the same road as Phelps, who served three years, Brown said.

"We don't feel like we need a complete turnaround," he said. "We just need someone to keep us going down the road we are on."

• Age: 56; born Aug. 23, 1950

• Family: Married to Ann Sosne; two children, Adam, 28, and Megan, 25.

• Education: Earned his doctoral and master's degrees in educational administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Also has a bachelor's degree in American history from the State University of New York, Albany.

• Experience: Superintendent-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Previously was superintendent for eight years in the Pender County School District in North Carolina. Also served as superintendent in Washington County and as assistant superintendent in New Hanover County School District and Scotland County School District, both in North Carolina. A former elementary and middle school principal.

• Awards: Administrator of the Year for the N.C. Middle School Association; Superintendent of the Year for the N.C. Association of Office Professionals; and state finalist for Superintendent of the Year for the N.C. Association of School Administrators.