Polk County Public Schools needed to fill two important leadership positions for the fall semester — but the district didn’t have to look far.
Veteran principals Victor Duncan and Dr. Benjamin Henry have been chosen to serve as regional superintendents overseeing PCPS elementary schools.
Duncan, the former principal at Chain of Lakes Elementary in Winter Haven, will oversee elementary schools in PCPS’ northeast and southeast regions. He replaces Michelle Townley, who currently as serves as the district’s acting chief academic officer.
Dr. Henry, former principal at Highlands Grove Elementary in Lakeland, will be the acting assistant superintendent for PCPS’ west and northcentral regions. He replaces Debbie Henderson, who recently retired.
Duncan and Dr. Henry “have been longstanding and successful principals,” said PCPS Deputy Superintendent John Hill. “We are confident that they will provide excellent leadership for their assigned regions, and for our district at large.”
Duncan has been with PCPS for 25 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Science and holds master’s degrees in business administration and education from the University of South Florida.
“I look forward to working with our many talented school administrators who focus on their students, staff, families, and community,” Duncan said. “I will continue the forward progress of PCPS’ focus on quality instruction, teacher retention, and student learning.”
Dr. Henry has been with PCPS for 13 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Alabama State University, a master’s in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.
As a new regional superintendent, “My goal is to continue the work of Mrs. Henderson of providing every child in our district the best educational experience,” Dr. Henry said.
Suzie Nelson is taking over for Duncan at Chain of Lakes Elementary. Lyndsy Kulcher is the acting principal at Highlands Grove Elementary.