Dr. Wendy Frye Named New HCPS Assistant Superintendent

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 15, 2020) – Dr. Wendy Frye will succeed Dr. Jan King as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, effective March 1, following Dr. King’s retirement. The Henderson County Board of Public Education approved the administrator appointment at Monday evening’s regular school board meeting.

“I am humbled and honored to be given this new opportunity to serve the students and staff of Henderson County Public Schools. Growing up in a home where my father was a lifelong educator, I knew from an early age that there was no greater work than to help students achieve their goals and to support the staff who guide them,” said Frye. “I am extremely fortunate to have been mentored by so many HCPS educators and to have worked alongside an amazing instructional services staff under Dr. Jan King’s expert leadership.”

Since 2016, Frye has supervised and provided support to administrators, counselors and teachers of all high schools and the Henderson County Virtual Public School through her role as HCPS Director of High Schools. She has also been instrumental in advancing the district’s Career & Technical Education program through her grant writing and work with Blue Ridge Community College, the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development and local industry partners.

As Director of High Schools, Frye has expanded the Coding, Mechatronics, Masonry, HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical, and Health Sciences career pathways for students; helped establish the Made in Henderson County Apprenticeship program; and secured a Career Development Coordinator to expand career planning support to the middle school level.

Frye began her career with HCPS in 1991 as a business teacher at East Henderson High, and has since served the district as a Career Development Coordinator and the Director of Career & Technical Education. This year, she was named the 2020 Western Region Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Frye lead our Instructional Services Department,” said HCPS Superintendent Dr. John Bryant. “Her wealth of experience in educational leadership and support will undoubtedly continue to create valuable opportunities for our students to learn and thrive, and for our educators to advance in their profession.”

Frye has spent her time supporting high school and CTE educators as a facilitator for the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, an adjunct professor for Gardner-Webb University and South College, the Western Region representative on the NC CTE Director Advisory Board, and member of the Mountain Area Workforce Development Youth Committee.

Locally, she has also served as board member and president of the Henderson County Education Foundation, and as board member for the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, Henderson County Community Foundation, and Bullington Gardens.

Frye holds a Master’s degree in Business Education and an EdD in Educational Leadership from Western Carolina University. She is the proud mother of twin HCPS alums, Sam and Luke Edney.

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