At the tail end of the NC State Board of Education meeting today, the board voted to make Adam Levinson the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Department of Public Instruction.
Only one board member, Dr. Olivia Oxendine, voted no.
The position was previously held by Phillip Price, who announced his retirement recently. 2016 records indicate Price’s compensation was $144,483 per year.
Here’s the press release:
The State Board of Education today hired Adam Levinson as the new Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Public Instruction. Levinson has been a member of the Department’s senior leadership team since 2007, serving as chief of staff, director of Policy and Strategic Planning, director of the Race to the Top program, chief performance officer and interim director of the Office of Charter Schools.
Before his work at the education agency, Levinson served as a fiscal analyst at the NC General Assembly for seven years. Early in his career, Levinson provided early childhood intervention and family support services in Orange, Person, and Chatham counties for four years.
“Adam is an excellent choice given the range and depth of his experience in state government finance, in K-12 education and as a fiscal analyst with the General Assembly,” said State Board Chairman Bill Cobey. “I am confident that public schools and public charter schools will be well-served through his leadership.”
The Chief Financial Officer manages nearly $10 billion in state and federal funds for education and leads an important part of NCDPI that includes financial services, and school business and support for school operations, including transportation, school facility planning and operation, school nutrition services, textbook services and insurance.
Levinson holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Psychology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Early Intervention & Family Support from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in Public Affairs & Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University.
FLASHBACK: Levinson has played musical jobs while at DPI, from Race To The Top Director to Interim Director of Charter Schools to DPI Chief Performance officer. That last position paid Levinson $128,512 a year.