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Wilson's Steve Ellis named Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools superintendent

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NASHVILLE — A veteran Wilson County administrator is taking the reins as Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools' next superintendent. 

Steve Ellis will begin work as superintendent March 1, the school district announced following a Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education vote Tuesday night. The school board reviewed 29 candidates for the post.

"Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Dr. Ellis' experience, leadership and dedication to students would best serve NRMPS students, staff and the community for years to come," district spokeswoman Christine Catalano said in a news release. "The board is confident that Dr. Ellis will lead the school system to even higher achievement."

Since 2016, Ellis has served as Wilson County Schools' special assistant superintendent. He's also an adjunct professor at Barton College in Wilson.

Prior to assuming his current position, Ellis worked as executive assistant for student services for two years and as a middle school and high school principal for 12 years. Ellis began his career in public education as a middle school social studies teacher.

Ellis earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Barton College, a master's in educational administration from East Carolina University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ellis and wife Bridget have four sons and two grandchildren.

"My family and I are excited about serving the staff, students and community of the Nash-Rocky Mount school district," Ellis said in the release. "I am looking forward to getting started. I also would like to thank the school board for this opportunity. My goal is to be a part of the change in molding the Nash-Rocky Mount schools into one of the highest performing school districts in the state."