CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — The superintendent of Camden County Schools has announced he is retiring.
Marianne Russell with Camden County Schools confirmed to 10 On Your Side superintendent that Melvin Hawkins has tendered his resignation. Friday will be Hawkins’ last day in office.
Christian Overton, chair of the Camden County Board of Education, says Hawkins informed the board of his decision to retire on April 19. Hawkins is eligible to retire because of his years of service.
Overton says the decision was personal for Hawkins, and was not requested by the board.
School officials said Thursday that Dr. Travis Twiford will serve as interim superintendent, effective May 1.
Twiford served as superintendent of several school districts in eastern North Carolina. He began his superintendent career at Camden County Schools and has also worked as superintendent in Rocky Mount City Schools, Nash-Rocky Mount and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank school districts.
After retiring from North Carolina Public Schools, Twiford was a professor of education studies at Virginia Tech’s Hampton Roads Center. He has also served as an interim superintendent for Thomasville City Schools.