Nancy Hammatt has been named new chief executive officer of Advance Baton Rouge, which manages four charter schools in Baton Rouge and one in Morganza.

Hammatt was the principal of Cedarcrest-Southmoor Elementary School, serving there for 10 years. She was the 2005 Principal of the Year for East Baton Rouge Parish, and was a YWCA Woman of Achievement in 2006.

She replaces Henry “Hank” Shepard who resigned earlier this month after spending two years leading the nonprofit group.