Erin Schwie Langston was shaped by her experience in public schools.
After attending public schools in her hometown of Germantown, Tennessee, Schwie Langston studied at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where her interdisciplinary education encouraged her to do more than simply enjoy the benefits of her own schooling. She worked to increase access to education for those who did not have the same opportunities as she did.
Immediately after graduating, she joined the Peace Corps and moved to Honduras. She worked in the public health sector, where she did educational outreach in schools, focusing primarily on hygiene and HIV/AIDS.
“I could see how the education and public education access really impacted the high-achieving students in Honduras,” she said. “It reinforced my growing understanding of how education can be a path to, sometimes, different opportunities.”
She is now president of the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools PTA Council Executive Board after serving on the board for two years. After returning to the United States, Schwie Langston completed the master of public administration program at UNC and joined the public sector. When her husband was relocated to Texas after graduation, she worked as the assistant director for the City of Dallas.
Six years later, she returned to Chapel Hill in 2011.
“Once you move here, you never want to leave,” she said.
She worked as the finance and administrative operations director for Orange County before accepting a position as the assistant vice president of the UNC System Office. She is also the director of business development at Academic Benchmarking Consortium, a service that helps university decision makers align metrics and budget while benchmarking against peer sets.
Rani Dasi, a CHCCS board member, said Schwie Langston has a strength in understanding data and using it to make decisions.