He was under a lot of stress.
He took advantage of an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
Those are factors members of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Board of Education cited in the wake of Superintendent Peter Gorman’s announcement that he is throwing in the towel.
In an email to The Mecklenburg Times, board member Rhonda Lennon wrote: “Dr. Gorman has been under extreme pressure for most of his tenure. He works long hours and pours his energy into CMS. I feared this was looming, as most superintendents stay four to five years, but did not foresee the events of yesterday at all at this time.”
Another board member, Joe White, wrote this in an email: “Pete didn’t quit. He took a better job! Would you be quitting if you took a job with the NY Times tomorrow? I knew that Pete would eventually be offered something too good to turn down. I thank him for what he has done and wish him the very best!”
On Wednesday, Gorman announced that he was stepping down in August to take a job with New York-based News Corp.