<bt>T.C. Williams High School principal John Porter has been named assistant superintendent for public information and outreach effective Aug. 1.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to advance in the educational field," Porter said. "On a number of occasions I have discussed with Superintendent [Rebecca] Perry my desire to move to another position and I am pleased that opportunity exists here in Alexandria. I look forward to working more closely with Superintendent Perry and her exceptionally talented senior staff."
Porter is a native of Alexandria and an alumnus of Alexandria City Public Schools. After graduating from North Carolina Wesleyan College, he returned to the city's public schools to teach social studies at Parker Gray Middle School. He served as principal of Francis C. Hammond Secondary School, William Ramsay Elementary School, and John Adams Middle School. He then became associate principal of T.C. Williams, and finally principal there in 1984. Porter also holds a master's degree in educational administration.
"Mr. Porter's enthusiasm, instructional background, dedication, and involvement in the division and the community will prove valuable as we move forward on a number of educational initiatives to benefit our children," said Perry.
In his new position, Porter will be responsible for public information and outreach for the school division.
He will continue in his role as principal of T.C. Williams until a new principal is selected. A nationwide search for the next principal will begin immediately.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity and looking forward to my new position beginning this summer. I've enjoyed my experience at T.C. Williams, it's been wonderful, but I am looking forward to what the future holds,” Porter said.