DURHAM —Voyager Academy Charter Schools’ Board of Directors has named Jennifer Lucas the school’s new managing director.
Lucas will succeed Carl Forsyth, the founding managing director, who is retiring at the end of June.
Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc., a Charlotte-based executive search firm, assisted Voyager’s board in the recruitment and selection of Lucas.
She will begin work July 7.
Lucas comes to Voyager after a successful tenure as principal of Hillsborough Academy of Math and Science, a charter school in Tampa, Fla.
She is also CEO of Alliance Education Services, which is contracted with Project CHILD (Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered), which emphasizes reading, writing, and mathematics.
Her additional experience in education includes time with the Imagine Schools group of charter schools.
Prior to working in education, Lucas worked in private industry in the areas of marketing and sales.
Lucas earned a master’s in A/P educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s in human resource management from Binghamton University.
Charles Wilson, chairman of Voyager’s Board of Directors, said Lucas is the perfect choice to carry on the high student achievement and commitment to quality teaching and learning that was established by Forsyth.
“Ms. Lucas’ experiences and success as a teacher, principal and education curriculum expert are a natural fit for Voyager Academy,” Wilson said. “Her emphasis on maintaining a safe, caring and nurturing school environment, her experience in building strong school and community relationships and her demonstrated ability to work with teachers to increase student learning and to enhance their professional development will serve the Voyager community well.”
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