Dr. Beverly Emory named new WS/Forsyth County superintendent

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The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire Dr. Beverly Emory as the next superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Emory currently serves as the Pitt County Schools superintendent, a position she has held since 2006.

“Dr. Emory is a dedicated and focused leader who is widely known for her passion and enthusiasm for educating all children,” said Jane Goins, the chairman of the Board of Education. “Her commitment to the students shines through in every aspect of her work.”

Dr. Emory will begin working for WS/Forsyth County on July 1. She received a four-year contract, and her annual salary is $190,000.

Dr. Emory will replace Dr. Don Martin, who is retiring June 30.

During the search process, the Board of Education reviewed a broad range of applications and supporting documentation from 34 candidates from 15 states and U.S. territories.


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“Our board has carefully considered the input from the community and staff,” Goins said. “We feel that Dr. Emory's background meets the desired expectations for our new leader. She has a proven record, wants all students to be successful, will listen to our teachers and staff and will work with our community and parents.”

Dr. Emory has spent more than 30 years in education and has nearly 20 years of experience as a superintendent. Prior to her current position in Pitt County, she spent six years as the superintendent of Oberlin City School District in Oberlin, Ohio.

Dr. Emory received her bachelor’s degree in science education from Appalachian State University and later earned a Master of Arts in School Administration from Appalachian State as well. In 1994, she received her doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

“I am honored and excited to accept this position and to serve the Winston-Salem/Forsyth community,” said Dr. Emory. “The district, its partners and stakeholders have done an incredible job of addressing the many challenges facing our schools. That is evident in the many successes all around the district. I look forward to meeting everyone who plays a part in that success, and I pledge to work hard to meet the high expectations set by this board, staff and community.”

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