Walter Hart is a clinical associate professor and program coordinator for the superintendent concentration of the Ed.D. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, he was an assistant professor and program coordinator for the educational leadership program at Winthrop University. He taught classes in leadership, finance, and school law and expanded that program to include an Ed.S. and developed an Ed.D. partnership with Clemson University.
Before entering higher education, Hart spent three decades as a teacher, principal, associate superintendent and superintendent in five school districts in the greater Charlotte metro area. He was a recipient of the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine award for his significant contributions to education and was among 100 superintendents from across the United States to meet with President Obama and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the White House to discuss school technology innovations.
Hart’s research interests include the role of the superintendent and education finance issues. His research has appeared in the Journal of Education Finance and the Journal of School Leadership and he has presented at a variety of state and national conferences. He completed his B.A. at Wake Forest University and his M.A. and Ed.D. at UNC Charlotte. He was a member of the initial doctoral cohort in educational leadership at UNC Charlotte.
Hart’s professional affiliations include the National Education Finance Academy, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, and the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
Hart serves on the Board of Advisors for the South Rowan YMCA and received the Distinguished Service Award from the YMCA of Rowan County.