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Sean Bulson biography

Sean Bulson, Ed.D., is one of two finalists for superintendent of Harford County Public Schools.

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Sean Bulson, Ed.D.


Sean Bulson is an education leader with 23 years experience serving public school students.

He is currently Interim Vice President for the Division of University and P-12 Partnerships at the University of North Carolina System (UNC). In that role, he focuses on educator preparation and directs a portfolio of statewide programs that support schools and school districts. He joined UNC in 2016 to lead an initiative aimed at opening laboratory schools at UNC institutions to serve students from low-performing schools.


In 2011, Dr. Bulson became superintendent of Wilson County Schools (WCS) in North Carolina supervising 12,000 students and 25 schools. He led the development of a district-wide strategic plan to improve both accountability and transparency, and co-led the establishment of a community wide youth plan which yielded benefits in health, safety, and workforce development.

To better prepare students seeking employment after high school, he engaged both the business community and the Community College to envision, plan, and open the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology, an early college high school which prepares students for careers in advanced manufacturing. During his tenure, Dr. Bulson served on the North Carolina House Education Innovation Committee, and presented at national and state conferences on topics such as Developing a Youth Master Plan, Creating a Welcoming School District Environment, and Teacher Leadership.

Dr. Bulson spent the first 16 years of his career in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland. He served as Community Superintendent supervising 36 schools with approximately 24,000 students. While in that role, he co-led the district-wide team responsible for improving student participation and performance in honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses. Prior to that, he served as Director of School Performance working with 28 Montgomery County elementary, middle, and high schools. He also served as principal of Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School, an International Baccalaureate World School that consistently ranked in the U.S. News and World Report top 100 high schools in the nation during his tenure. Dr. Bulson began his career in education as a teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). In 2008, he was honored as the MCPS ESOL Principal of the Year.

Dr. Bulson holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from American University, a master's degree in ESOL instruction from Marymount University, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from George Washington University.