North Carolina Education Summit on School and Community Engagement, 2012 Call To Action: Raising Expectations and Closing Gaps, September 24-26, 2012

Program Chairman's Biography

Mr. Marvin R. PittmanMarvin R. Pittman graduated from both George Washington Carver High School in Pinetops, North Carolina and North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He has completed graduate study at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. In 2010 Mr. Pittman was appointed to the Board of Trustees at North Carolina Wesleyan College and in 2011 was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Mr. Pittman has been a mathematics and science teacher, an assistant principal, principal, and Director of Instruction for the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also worked as Executive Director for Middle and High School Curriculum for Durham Public Schools, where he supervised and evaluated middle and high school principals and was responsible for the middle and high school instructional programs. He has also served as Director of the Division of School Improvement and the Division of Middle Grades Education with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Mr. Pittman has also served as Senior Assistant to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, where he represented the State Superintendent on boards, commissions and meetings. Prior to retirement from state service Mr. Pittman was appointed the Community Liaison for Student Achievement with the North Carolina State Board of Education, where he worked directly with the Chairman of the State Board of Education in an effort to empower all community constituents to support schools and students strategically.

Mr. Pittman developed a cultural diversity training program for North Carolina public school educators, co-chaired the Governor's Character Education Committee and provided statewide leadership in developing North Carolina's promotion standards, closing student achievement gaps and implementing assistance to struggling North Carolina schools.

Mr. Pittman is a Deacon, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and Chairman of the Education Committee at the Compassionate Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. He is married to Earnestine Dancy Pittman, a retired Assistant Principal with Wake County Schools. He has two daughters, Ebony, an attorney in Raleigh, N.C. and Marva, a teacher in Greensboro, N.C. Mr. Pittman now does private educational consulting in various markets across the state and nation.