The NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools held its annual state-wide conference in Raleigh on March 21-23, 2013. At the opening session, NC Alliance Board of Directors Chair Baker Mitchell announced the addition of three new members to the Board: Phil Berger Jr., Dr. Howard (Buddy) Coleman, and Dr. A.L. Fleming.
“We are pleased to have these three distinguished members of the charter school community join our Board of Directors,” Mitchell said. “While the Board has traditionally been populated by some of the original founders of charter schools in North Carolina, these new members are recent additions to the charter community and will bring new perspectives and diversity of experiences to the Board. The new members will help the Alliance represent the entire charter community, including both established charter schools and the new charter schools started after the cap was lifted.”
Mitchell also extended the Alliance’s warmest thanks to out-going Chair Dr. Robert Landry for his efforts in leading the Alliance. Dr. Landry told the Board, “I extend my gratitude to the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools Board and charter community for the privilege and opportunity to have served with you and the distinguished board members. Not only sitting on the Board but also traveling and meeting charter communities enlightened me and have brought forth a new life for reaching out to many so that children in both public sectors may succeed.”
“The success of this conference is due in large part to the dedication and efforts of Dr. Landry. He is due the thanks of the hundreds of us who are benefiting from our meeting here, and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude,” said in-coming Chair Mitchell.
Mitchell also said that the new board members would help the Alliance with its goals of publically advocating for all charter schools in North Carolina and reaching out to schools that have recently been granted their charters. “A.L, Buddy, and Phil will be crucial to the Alliance’s advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of our newer member schools, and we greatly appreciate their taking on the responsibility of being Board members.”
About the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools (“The Alliance”) is the state’s only 501 (c) (3), nonprofit, non-partisan organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors combining over a century of first-hand experience in charter school operations, law, policies, and finance. The Alliance mission is to advance quality educational opportunities for all North Carolina children by supporting and expanding successful public charter schools. The Alliance is the primary advocacy organization and voice for charter schools in North Carolina. In addition to its strong focus on governmental relations, the Alliance seeks to educate the public about charter schools, why they are needed, and how charters work with traditional schools to provide opportunity for parental choice; to create a communications forum within the charter community; to enhance the legislative and regulatory environment; to harness the collective charter resources to leverage those resources; and to provide an annual conference and periodic workshops to share best practices.
The new members are:
Phil Berger, Jr.
Phil Berger Jr. has been the Rockingham County District Attorney since 2006. He is the Chair of Providence Charter High School in Rockingham County, North Carolina, and a member of the Board of Directors of Bethany Community Middle School in Reidsville, North Carolina. He is also a Director of the Rockingham County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, the Director and Vice-President Elect of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Rockingham County Business and Technology Center. Mr. Berger is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is a Former Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Eden, North Carolina.
Dr. A.L. Fleming
Dr. Fleming is President and Chief Executive Officer of Woodson University. An undergraduate alumnus of Elizabeth City State University, President Fleming holds a master’s degree in educational management, a doctorate of Christian education administration, and is currently completing his doctorate of philosophy in higher education administration. President Fleming has held several administrative positions on the collegiate level, including positions at Saint Augustine’s University (Raleigh, North Carolina), Barber-Scotia College, Elizabeth City State University, and the University of North Carolina General Administration. Dr. Fleming serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce where he serves as vice chairman, the Cabarrus Partnership for Children (Smart Start), the American Red Cross of Cabarrus County, and has served with numerous other community organizations.
Dr. Howard “Buddy” Coleman
Dr. Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Leadership Department at the Watson School of Education at UNC Wilmington. He has supervised K-12 charter schools and served as a school superintendent, a research director, and a high school principal. Dr. Coleman provides leadership and evaluation consulting services for charter schools, state agencies, and corporations. He teaches doctoral courses in research, accountability, school law, and educational policy. Dr. Coleman has published articles on charter school leadership and book chapters on effective instructional programs, assessment, and evaluation.