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Dr. Mary Ellis named new UCPS superintendent

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis reacts to the cheers and applause as she is named the new superintendent of UCPS.

UCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis has been elected by the Union County Board of Education to take the helm of the sixth largest school system in the state of North Carolina.

“The Union County Board of Education is confident that Dr. Ellis has the experience, skills, passion, dedication and commitment to improving education for students and staff that will enable her to lead the Union County Public Schools forward to the next level,” said Board of Education Chairman Dean Arp. “Please join the Board in supporting Dr. Ellis as she moves into her new role as Superintendent of the Union County Schools.”

Ellis replaces Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis who will end his exemplary 35-year career in education (seven as superintendent) with his retirement effective June 30, 2012.

Ellis, 53, was offered a four-year contract during the board’s Tuesday (May 15, 2012) meeting at the UCPS Professional Development Center located at 721 Brewer Drive in Monroe, at an annual salary of $190,000.

“I pledge to you we will do the right thing 100 percent of the time for children,” Ellis said. “Principals, you don’t know how much I look forward to working with you in this new capacity. Let’s remember our heritage. Let’s remember those who have gone before. Let’s build on the good things that have been done by others in the Union County Public School system. There’s not an “I” in team. It’s us.”

The meeting began at 5 p.m. with standing-room only capacity, as the board opened the meeting then went immediately into closed session to finalize the decision.

When Ellis’ name was called, those in attendance jumped to their feet, while cheers and applause erupted from the packed room. Ellis took the podium and thanked board members for their vote of confidence.

Ellis attended UNC-Charlotte for all of her secondary and graduate education, earning her B.A. in English, her Master’s in Human Development and Learning, her Principal Certification and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

She has been in education 33 years, all spent in the Union County Public Schools system. Ellis and her husband reside in Fairview and have three children.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Video by: Don Mace, UCPS Web Communications Coordinator
Posted: May 15, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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