With over 23 years in education, Dr. Jerry L. Oates has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and senior educational executive.  His teaching career began in Duplin County at James Kenan High School where he taught social studies.


After returning to Wilmington, NC, he served as a social studies teacher at John T. Hoggard High School.  Dr. Oates began his administrative career as an assistant principal at New Hanover High School.  At the time, at age 26, he was the youngest administrator in the district.  He has served as principal of Lakeside High School, the former alternative school in Wilmington, North Carolina.  He went on to become the founding principal of the Mary S. Mosley Performance Learning Center and the principal of Williston Middle School.


A proven leader, he was recognized as the 2015-2016 New Hanover County Schools’ Principal of the Year while serving at Williston, and in 2015 Dr. Oates joined Brunswick County Schools in a senior leadership position in as Executive Director of Human Resources.  In October of 2017, he was named the Associate Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools. 


A native of Faison, North Carolina, Dr. Oates earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and attended Fayetteville State University where he earned his Doctorate in educational leadership.  He is a proud husband and father of three children.