June St. Clair Atkinson
State Liaison, Advanced Career and High Schools That Work


June Atkinson connects SREB with state education agencies to advance High Schools That Work and the Advanced Career pathway program. She joined SREB in June 2017 after serving as North Carolina’s state superintendent of public instruction for almost 12 years. Before serving as state superintendent, she was state director for career technical education and instruction services for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She started her education career as a high school business teacher, having taught in Virginia and North Carolina. 

She is past president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the state career technical education directors, now called Advanced CTE. 

June holds a bachelors of science in business education from Radford University, a masters in vocational technical education from Virginia Tech, and a doctorate in education from North Carolina State University.