Dr. Gwen Roulhac

Dr. Gwen Roulhac

Two schools in the Orange County School district will be welcoming new principals for the upcoming academic year.

The new principals at Orange High School and Gravelly Hill Middle School were announced Tuesday afternoon in a release sent out by Seth Stephens, Chief Communications Officer for Orange County Schools.

Anne Purcell will serve as Interim Principal for Orange High School for the upcoming year. The former C.W. Stanford Middle School Principal and Assistant Principal of Orange High School planned to retire, but decided to delay her retirement to lead the students and faculty at Orange High School.

“I am coming back to keep the momentum of the great work that Eric Yarbrough and his staff put in place,” Purcell said in a statement released by Stephens. “Also, I look forward to helping and leading some of my former students and families that moved up from Stanford to Orange High.”

Not only is Purcell a former Principal of the Year recipient for Orange County Schools, but Stanford Middle School was honored as a School to Watch in 2014, just one of two schools in North Carolina to receive the accolade that year, while she was in charge.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gwen Roulhac replaces Chris Gammon, who took the position of Executive Director of Curriculum for Orange County Schools in June, as Principal for Gravelly Hill Middle School.

Roulhac is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, according to the release sent out by Stephens, she was conferred four degrees at the University, including a Doctorate of Education (Educational Leadership), a Master of Education (Guidance and Counseling), Master of Arts (Teaching), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (English) with distinction.

Before accepting the job as Principal at Gravelly Hill, Roulhac was an Assistant Principal at the school. She previously worked as a guidance counselor and teacher.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen to serve as the Principal of Gravelly Hill Middle School,” Roulhac noted in a statement released by Stephens. “Being at the school this year afforded me the opportunity to work with our hard-working students, our talented and dedicated educators, and our families.”