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New leaders named in special called meeting

Board of Education approves three district leaders

October 29, 2020

     In a special called meeting on Thursday, October 29, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed three district leaders to new positions. Dr. Clay Hunter was appointed as Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support, a role he has been filling on an interim basis. Dr. Hunter fills the role formerly held by Dr. Jonathan Patterson, who now serves as the superintendent of Fayette County Schools. Dr. Babak Mostaghimi, who currently serves as the district’s Executive Director for Innovation and Program Development, will be the district’s new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instructional Support, and Innovation. This is the position formerly held by Dr. Hunter; however, the title has been changed to include Innovation. The Board also selected Dr. Pam Williams as the district’s new Chief of Staff. Dr. Williams, who currently serves as an assistant superintendent for elementary schools, will transition to her new role at the end of the month with the retirement of the district’s current Chief of Staff, Berney Kirkland. All of these appointments are effective November 2, 2020.


Dr. Clay Hunter
Associate Superintendent,
Curriculum and Instructional SupportDr. Clay Hunter

GCPS Employment:

Oct. 2020-Present      Interim Associate Superintendent, Curriculum and Instructional       
Nov. 2018-Oct. 2020  Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instructional Support
2014-2018                  Assistant Superintendent, School Improvement and Operations
2008-2012                  Principal, South Gwinnett High School 
2006-2008                  Principal, Stripling Elementary School
2005-2006                  Assistant Principal, McConnell Middle School
2002-2005                  Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek High School
2000-2002                  Social Studies Teacher, Norcross High School

Other Employment:
2018                           Adjunct Professor, Thomas University and the University of Georgia
2017-2018                  Adjunct Professor, Clark Atlanta University
2013-2014                  Deputy Chief of Schools, Chicago Public Schools (IL)
2012-2013                  Regional K-12 Executive Director of Schools, Atlanta Public Schools
1995-2000                  Teacher, Milton High School, Fulton County Schools


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Studies— Morehouse College 
  • Master’s degree in Social Science Education—University of Georgia
  • Doctorate in Educational leadership— Clark Atlanta University 


Dr. Babak Mostaghimi,
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instructional Support, and Innovation

GCPS Employment:Dr. Babak Mostaghimi

2018-Present    Executive Director of Innovation and Program Improvement

Other Employment:

2016-2018         Facilitator, Public Education Leadership Project, Harvard University 
Fall 2016           Teaching Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education 
Summer 2016   Facilitator, Harvard Graduate School of Education
2015                  Deputy Director, The Center for Education Innovation (MS)
2011-2015         Director of Community, Family, and School Engagement, The Center for Education Innovation 
2010-2011         Consultant, The Center for Education Innovation (MS)
2009-2010         Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton (MD)
2008-2010         Co-Director, Community Development Project (MA & MS)
2006-2008         5th Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher, Shelby Middle School (MS), North Bolivar School
                          District/Teach for America 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations— Johns Hopkins University
  • Master’s degree in Public Policy— Harvard University
  • Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership— Harvard University 

Dr. Pam Williams, Chief of StaffDr. Pam Williams, Chief of Staff

GCPS Employment:

2019-Present        Assistant Superintendent, Elementary
2013- 2019           Principal, Bethesda Elementary School
2010-2013            Assistant Principal, Nesbit Elementary School
2006-2010            Teacher, Norton Elementary School

Other Employment: 

2005-2006            5th Grade Teacher, Palm Beach County (FL)
2002-2005            Owner/Operator, Love and Care Child Care Home
1997-2002            4th and 5th Grade Teacher, Palm Beach County (FL)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education— Florida Atlantic University
  • Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership— Walden University
  • Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership—University of West Georgia
  • Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership— University of Georgia

Dr. Williams is a graduate of the Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program, 2014.