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Keith Poston resigns leadership post at Public School Forum of NC  

Keith Poston (center) is stepping down as executive director of The Public School Forum of NC, effective Oct. 31. Poston is shown here at a recent forum for the six Democratic candidates who have announced plans to run for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The Public School Forum of NC (PSFNC) announced Wednesday that Keith Poston, president and executive director of the agency, will resign his post effective Oct. 31.

According to a press release, Poston is stepping down to focus on personal family matters.

Michael Priddy, immediate past chairman of the Forum’s Board of Directors, will serve as the nonprofit agency’s acting president and executive director.

“We appreciate Keith’s [Poston] more than five years of service to the Forum and wish him well,” said  PSFNC Chairman Tom Williams.

Williams added: “Priddy’s experience with the Forum and his extensive leadership experience will assure the Forum’s great work will continue as we begin the search for a new executive director who will carry on the Forum’s legacy of advocating for strong public schools across North Carolina.”

An announcement soliciting applications for the Forum’s next executive director is forthcoming, Williams said.

Here’s a statement Poston posted on social media:

As has been reported I have resigned from the Public School Forum. I love the organization and remain deeply committed to its mission, but I need to focus on my family right now. Here is the statement I’ve shared:  It has been the greatest honor of my professional life to serve as the leader of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, but there are personal family matters I need to focus on right now. My belief and commitment to the issues including advocating for public education and our amazing teachers, supporting our state’s most vulnerable children and advancing racial equity is unwavering. There is too much work yet to do in this state and in this country for me to ever stop doing my part.

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