GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Dr. Whitney Oakley was named the new Guilford County Schools superintendent on Tuesday afternoon.

Oakley took over as interim superintendent on July 11. She will serve as superintendent for the 2022-2023 school year beginning in September.

GCS officials say she is a collaborative leader who is deeply invested in the success of the community.

“I feel a sense of responsibility and commitment to show up for my community the same way it has shown up for me,” Oakley said.

Oakley grew up in Guilford County and is a parent of two GCS students.

“I do know that today is not the first day of school, but in some ways, it does feel like my first day,” Oakley said. “A new beginning. I have big dreams and hopes for the future.”

Oakley has been in education for over 20 years and says she believes right now is the most important time for GCS.

“Our students need champions who continue to show up for them, not slowing down, not giving up, not losing hope but pressing forward. The future of our students and our community depends on it,” she said.