Dr. Eric Hall has more than two decades of experience in executive leadership roles, with significant expertise in the fields of education, youth development, and juvenile justice. He is currently senior chancellor of education for the Florida Department of Education, where he serves as chief advisor to the commissioner and helps develop and implement the state’s education priorities. He oversees the divisions of K-12 Public Schools; the Florida College System; Career and Adult Education; Vocational Rehabilitation; Blind Services; the Office of Safe Schools; and the Office of Early Learning. In addition, he serves on the Florida Career-Source Board, is the chair for the State Advisory Council on Early Learning, and sits on several other boards and commissions as the commissioner’s designee.
Prior to this, he was deputy state superintendent for innovation at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, overseeing multiple state divisions and initiatives, including the Office of Charter Schools, Accountability, and Testing; State Standards and Curriculum; Career and Technical Education; Federal Programs and Monitoring; Advanced Learning and Gifted Education; Computer Science and Technology Education; and the Innovative School District (ISD). Previously, Hall was the state’s founding superintendent of the ISD, which was established to support innovation and improve student achievement at persistently low-performing schools across the state. Before leading the ISD, Hall was president and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina. He also served as the national director of educational services for AMIkids, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing intervention services to youth in juvenile justice programs and nontraditional schools in nine states. During his tenure at AMIkids, he spearheaded the creation of educator and school-leader training programs as well as the development of curriculum and instructional strategies aimed at accelerating student academic achievement. He began his career as a teacher.
A member of the fourth cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program, Hall holds a bachelor’s in secondary science education, a master’s in educational leadership, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of South Florida. His research has been published in academic journals and books, with topics focused on student discipline, the school-to-prison pipeline, school leadership, and non-traditional schools. Hall has received numerous awards for his outstanding leadership. In December 2015, he was appointed by then-Gov. Pat McCrory in North Carolina to serve on the NC-Works Commission, the state’s workforce board. He was a member of the commission’s executive committee and was chairman of the pathways committee, which focused on postsecondary education, training, and credentials attainment. He also served on the North Carolina State Board of Education’s Interagency Advisory Committee and Whole Child NC Committee.