CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education announced they'd finished their search and hired a new Superintendent.

Dr. Clayton Wilcox will take over the job from Superintendent Ann Clark effective July 1, 2017.

School Board Chair Mary McCray said, “We set out to not only find the best superintendent, but the best superintendent for this community. Based on the input we received from this community, and our interviews with Dr. Wilcox, I am confident that we got both.”

“I am drawn to Charlotte-Mecklenburg for a number of reasons," Dr. Wilcox wrote in a letter to the community, "first because your core beliefs are my core beliefs - that you and your school board embrace a compelling vision that all students must receive the best education available anywhere.”

Dr. Wilcox will be working with Clark in coming weeks to make the transition.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve on Team CMS for more than three decades," said Ann Clark, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. "I am excited to work closely with Clayton Wilcox to ensure an exceedingly well-executed baton handoff of this amazing district and its outstanding students and staff. Our district is eager to welcome the new superintendent and I look forward to watching the continued success of CMS under his leadership."

According to his biography on, Dr. Wilcox is currently the Superintendent of Washington County Schools in Maryland. He's also served in the same capacity in Pinellas County, Florida, and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Wilcox earned his B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.