Eric Grunden is a school administrator in North Carolina, currently (as of 2016) working as Chief School Officer of Research Triangle High School, a charter school in Research Triangle, NC.
Grunden earned his BS in Chemistry and MEd in Secondary Science Education at Florida.
From 2000 to 2012, Grunden was a science teacher at Raleigh Charter. In 2011, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
In 2005, the North Carolina Public Library Quiz Bowl Series, which was a statewide tournament held since 1978, was losing its sponsorship from the North Carolina public libraries, and in fact the tournament ended after 2006. Grunden helped to form the North Carolina Academic Team Association, which was run out of Raleigh Charter to keep quiz bowl going in the state.
When Grunden left teaching in 2012, the association collapsed because new leadership could not be recruited, but not before the NCASA (The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities) took over quizbowl, which it has run ever since.
For his work in preserving and nurturing North Carolina quizbowl in a tenuous moment in history, Grunden earned the 2006 Benjamin Cooper Young Ambassador Award.