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Dr. Davis named regional superintendent of the year

Union County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis has been named the 2009-2010 North Carolina Southwest Regional Superintendent of the Year.
Davis was chosen Tuesday (June 9, 2009) during the end-of-the-year Regional Superintendent’s meeting in Charlotte after being nominated by the current state superintendent of the year, Dr. Terry Holliday, superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools.
“Ed Davis has done outstanding work in leading the Union County Public Schools,” Holliday said. “During a time of unprecedented growth, Dr. Davis has led Union County through bond approvals and massive building programs. He is a leader among superintendents in North Carolina, and always speaks with a calm approach that focuses on making decisions in the best interests of students.”
Davis said the recognition is a testament to his staff. “I have a tremendous leadership team in the cabinet staff, our school principals, the central services staff and our Board of Education,” he said. “They all make it possible to get things accomplished for the school system. This is just affirmation of a solid job done by all those folks. This kind of recognition is really more about everybody else, the overall school system and what we are able to accomplish.”
He was chosen in a unanimous vote by the North Carolina Southwest Regional Superintendents. “Anytime your peers single you out and select you, it’s very humbling,” Davis said. “That’s an auspicious group. There are some really strong superintendents in that group. Every person sitting around that table is worthy of that award; we all have tough jobs. I appreciate the honor.”
“This certainly is a great honor in that this recognition comes from his peers,” said Board of Education chairman Dean Arp. “This honor only confirms what we all already know - that we have outstanding leadership in our school system.”
“We are all very proud of Dr. Davis,” added board member Carolyn Lowder. “I am absolutely delighted to know that our high regard for him is shared by his peers in the region.”
Davis said when making the decision of naming this year’s regional superintendent of the year, one thing considered was how the Union County Public Schools has dealt with all the growth. “Those fellow superintendents look at what Union County’s been able to accomplish,” Davis said. “Another thing, our school system was seen as a leader and an example in how we communicated with the public and our communication plan in general in dealing with all this state and local budget crises.”
This played a large role, he said, in getting Union County Public Schools recognized. “Things like that get the system out there. And when the system gets noticed, then the people that are in the system get noticed, as well.”
He also acknowledged several other UCPS staff who have recently been recognized on a state and national level: Jessica Garner, the NC Teacher of the Year; UCPS Chief Communications Officer Luan Ingram who was chosen as the state’s top school public relations professional; and Susan Helms, a teacher at Piedmont High School, who was selected on a national level as the Special Needs Art Educator of the Year.
“We’ve got a lot of people in this school system who have been singled out for different awards,” Davis said. “When you associate with a winning team, that’s a positive team, it’s contagious. Success breeds success.”
Davis begins his fourth year as UCPS superintendent. He started with the school system in 1977 as a special education teacher with the Monroe Schools. During his 32 years with the school system, he has been an assistant principal, an elementary and high school principal, an assistant superintendent and was then named superintendent in 2005.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina School Superintendents Association and is on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association President's Advisory Committee.
Davis now advances to the state level where he will join seven other regional nominees who are also eligible for the state title.
Union County is one of 13 school districts in the southwest region, which includes Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Cabarrus County, Cleveland County, Gaston County, Iredell-Statesville, Kannapolis City, Lincoln County, Mooresville City, Newton Conover City, Rowan-Salisbury, Scotland County and Stanly County. 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Jun 11, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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