Dr. Eric Hall is the secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, he served as senior chancellor of education at the Florida Department of Education. As senior chancellor, Hall was chief advisor to the commissioner and worked to develop and implement the state’s education priorities. He oversaw the divisions of K-12 Public Schools; the Florida College System; Career and Adult Education; Vocational Rehabilitation; Blind Services; the Office of Safe Schools; and the Office of Early Learning. In addition, Hall was a member of the Florida Career-Source Board, served as chair of the State Advisory Council on Early Learning, and sat on several other boards and commissions as the commissioner’s designee.
Prior to his time in Florida, Hall was deputy state superintendent for innovation at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, overseeing multiple state divisions and initiatives, including the Office of Charter Schools, Accountability, and Testing; State Standards and Curriculum; Career and Technical Education; Federal Programs and Monitoring; Advanced Learning and Gifted Education; Computer Science and Technology Education; and the Innovative School District (ISD). Before that, Hall was the state’s founding superintendent of the ISD, which was established to support innovation and improve student achievement at persistently low-performing schools across the state. Hall was also president and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina, and served as the national director of educational services for AMIkids, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides intervention services to youth in juvenile justice programs and nontraditional schools in nine states. During his tenure at AMIkids, Hall spearheaded the creation of educator and school-leader training programs as well as the development of curriculum and instructional strategies aimed at accelerating student academic achievement. He began his career as a teacher.
A member of the fourth cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program, Hall holds a bachelor’s in secondary science education, a master’s in educational leadership, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of South Florida. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding leadership. In December 2015, Hall was appointed by then-Gov. Pat McCrory in North Carolina to serve on the NC-Works Commission, the state’s workforce board. He was a member of the commission’s executive committee and was chairman of the pathways committee, which focused on postsecondary education, training, and credentials attainment. Hall also served on the North Carolina State Board of Education’s Interagency Advisory Committee and Whole Child NC Committee.