Former ABSS superintendent appointed interim super for Wake County public schools

Former Alamance-Burlington superintendent Dr. Randy Bridges has been appointed to serve as the interim superintendent for the state’s largest public school system, Wake County public schools.

Bridges, who served as ABSS superintendent from 2006 until 2010, will serve as the interim superintendent in Wake County while a search is conducted to locate a permanent successor to retiring superintendent Catty Moore, whose retirement takes effect June 30.

Bridges is scheduled to begin work as the interim superintendent for Wake County public schools on July 1, according to an announcement by that school system.

The Wake County school board announced Bridges’ appointment last Tuesday evening.

Bridges went on to serve as the superintendent of Stafford County schools in eastern Virginia from 2010 until 2013, when he announced his retirement from a career in public education that had spanned approximately 30 years.

Prior to his tenure with ABSS, Bridges began his career as a teacher in Scotland County in 1977 and subsequently rose through the ranks, becoming an assistant superintendent for Johnston County schools and as an associate superintendent for Orange County schools, where he was ultimately elevated to the top post in 1997.  He resigned as superintendent of Orange County schools in 2002 to take a job as superintendent for Rock Hill schools in South Carolina.

In 2014, Bridges formed an educational consulting company.  He has since served as an interim superintendent for several North Carolina public school systems.

In 2021, he was one of two contenders to serve as interim superintendent for ABSS, following the retirement of then-superintendent Dr. Bruce Benson, but ultimately the post went to another former ABSS superintendent, Dr. James (“Jim”) Merrill.

Bridges and his wife, Vernetta Bridges, also a retired ABSS administrator, live in Burlington.