Orange County Schools superintendent Todd Wirt has been awarded a Top 30 spot for this year’s John C. Maxwell Transformational Leadership Awards for his work in education.

According to the organization’s website, awards are given all around the country in different categories to transformational leaders who are making a positive difference in their community, careers and daily lives.

Wirt has been superintendent of Orange County Schools since July 2015 and previously worked as assistant superintendent for academics in the Wake County Public School System. Wirt also served as executive director of secondary education and high school principal in the Mooresville Graded School District, during which he was awarded North Carolina High School Principal of the Year for Secondary School Principals.

Wirt is a member of various state-level education related boards and serves on the board for the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Partnership for Young Children.

In 2016, the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development named Wirt the North Carolina Outstanding Young Educator. Wirt held a spot in last year’s Leadership Awards Top 100 and has the opportunity to be in the Top Ten in next year’s awards.

Wirt holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Elon University, a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate in educational leadership from Wingate University.