Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina

Crystal Hill
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Student Enrollment: 140,909 (76% students of color, 38% economically disadvantaged, 17% Limited English Proficient)

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Crystal L. Hill, Ed.D., served as chief of staff for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools since May 2022. In that role, she oversaw the Office of Strategy Management and Title IX and was responsible for the management of the superintendent’s cabinet operations. She also served as the chief adviser to the superintendent and the liaison between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and the cabinet. 

Prior to joining CMS, she served as chief academic officer for Cabarrus County Schools, where she led the district in achieving the highest level of academic performance in history. 

She began her 25-year career in education as a first-grade teacher in Guilford County Schools. Following, Hill served in various roles including assistant principal, principal and as executive director of elementary education and federal programs in Mooresville Graded School District; curriculum coordinator in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools; and personnel director in Cabarrus.

She currently serves on the Leading on Opportunity Council and, in 2020, co-chaired the North Carolina State Board of Education Literacy Task Force. 

Dr. Hill earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional technology, both from North Carolina A&T State University. She also earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University.