CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Gorman announced his resignation during a news conference this afternoon.
"I’m moving on to be involved in education in a very different way," Gorman said.
He has accepted a position with News Corporation in a newly formed education division. Gorman will be named senior vice president and work with school districts to implement the division’s programs, as well as review their integrity and effectiveness, according to a news release.
Gorman made the surprise announcement during a scheduled meeting to discuss budget cuts at the Government Center in uptown.
"The budget challenges over the last three years have been incredibly difficult, but I truly believe the economic outlook is improving. I’m please that the number of staff reduced for next year is less than originally expected.”
Gorman’s resignation is effective August 15, but he and his family will continue to be involved in the school system.
"I ask you very simply one thing and that is to take good care of my daughter who will continue to be a student in the school district," Gorman said.
Gorman has been superintendent at CMS since July 2006. There are no formal plans in place for finding his replacement.