About Dr. Cook
Dr. Bill Cook became Superintendent of Rock Hill Schools on July 1, 2018, after serving as Executive Director of Secondary Education from January 2016 to June 2018. In his first year as Superintendent, Rock Hill Schools had three students become National Merit Award winners, a first of the school system in more than a decade. His commitment to authentic engagement, shared leadership, and investment in students and staff is demonstrated through his Listen and Learn series with district and community stakeholders and unwavering commitment to improve educational outcomes for all students. Under his leadership, Rock Hill Schools is a member district with the League of Innovative Schools, a nationwide network of districts working collaboratively to pioneer innovative learning and leadership practices that lead to improved outcomes for students and help prepare them for learning for life. Cook is a member of the Rock Hill Rotary Club, South Carolina Association of School Administrators, and serves as board member of the National Council on Digital Convergence.
Prior to Rock Hill, Cook served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Gaston County Schools (N.C.), which is the ninth largest school district in North Carolina with approximately 32,000 students. In that role, he oversaw all areas of curriculum and instruction including budgeting and allocation of financial resources and facilitated a career and technology education (CTE) committee that had a focus on studying the expansion of CTE programs and opportunities in GCS.
Cook began his career in 1987 as a marketing teacher at Sun Valley High School where he taught for six years before moving into administration. He has completed stints as either an assistant principal or principal at five schools in Union County (N.C.) Public Schools, including seven years at Marvin Ridge High School where the school achieved the highest performance scores of all North Carolina comprehensive high schools. There, he also facilitated the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Program to strengthen curricular offerings. While principal of Walter Bickett Elementary School in 2004, Cook was named the UCPS Principal of the Year and North Carolina Southwest Regional Principal of the Year.
Dr. Cook holds a B.S. in Business Education and M.A. in Educational Administration from East Carolina University and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wingate University.