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New DHHS Pre-K director who criticized early education, called Clinton “butch” quits, two days after appointment

Dianna Lightfoot’s tenure with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services was short-lived, without her ever having a first day on the job.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services released a statement Thursday that Lightfoot will not take over at the head of the state’s early education and child development division.

Dianna Lightfoot

Dianna Lightfoot

Lightfoot, of Winston-Salem, had been the president of the National Physicians Center for Family Resources since 2001, a pro-abstinence organization that took the position that early education for low-income children could create dependence on government programs for young children.

She also was outspoken on her personal Twitter account where she tweeted several anti-gay comments, including a July 2011 tweet where Lightfoot called former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “butch.” (Click here for our previous post.)

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos appointed Lightfoot to head the state’s child development and early education division on Tuesday, calling Lightfoot a “strategic and tactical top tier executive with extensive health care, child welfare and education expertise.”

Below is the release from DHHS about Lightfoot’s resignation:

Dianna Lightfoot was scheduled to start at HHS next week as Director of Child Development and Early Education.  Ms. Lightfoot informed Secretary Wos this morning that she does not wish to be a distraction to the department and will pursue other opportunities.  Secretary Wos accepted this decision.

7 Comments


  1. […] Ovaska’s post  for more on Lightfoot’s appointment. [1.30pm update:  Sarah Ovaska reports that Lightfoot has decided to […]

  2. Gene Hoglan

    February 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Well that was quick. Pat & friends sure are picking a gang of winners.

  3. Marilyn

    February 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Yay! She was not a good fit for the position.

  4. Jack

    February 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Perhaps not, but I bet she dressed well.

  5. david esmay

    February 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I can’t believe the Pope/Berger administration let this sociopath walk away. Appointees with no redeeming qualities are hard to find, wait, I misspoke, the NC GOP has a deep bench.

  6. N

    February 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  7. […] 61, of Winston-Salem, resigned yesterday morning after being appointed two days earlier by new N.C. Department of Health and Human Services […]

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