RALEIGH — Andrew Heath, a Wake County Superior Court judge, was tapped by Chief Justice Paul Newby to serve as the Director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. His role will be to manage and oversee the administrative services provided to the state judicial branch’s more than 6,400 employees and hundreds of courthouses and facilities in all 100 counties. Heath began in the role on Friday, Jan. 8.
“His broad experience and in-depth wisdom gained in the Judicial Branch and throughout state government make him an excellent choice for this important work,” said Newby. “Judge Heath stands ready to work with courts statewide to assist and equip them with the resources and equipment they need to administer equal justice for all.”
Heath previously served as the N.C. Industrial Commission chairman and was state budget director under former-Gov. Pat McCrory.
The N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts provides centralized administration and budgeting services for the state’s courts, including budgeting, equipment and supply purchasing, printing, computer applications development and legal support.
“It is an honor to be of service in this capacity to the Judicial Branch and this great state,” said Heath. “I look forward to working with the courts and our many stakeholders as we continue to work through the pandemic.”
Heath received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management at UNC Asheville and his law degree from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
He and his wife, Kristen, live in Raleigh and have two children.