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Gibbs Wins Dr. Sam Houston Leadership Award


March 15, 2018

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Dr. Jeremy Gibbs (center) receives an award from the state superintendents' association, named for Dr. Sam Houston (left) and presented by Jack Hoke, executive director of NCSSA and former superintendent of Alexander County Schools. (Photo courtesy of NCSSA)

The North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD) and the North Carolina School Superin-tendents' Association (NCSSA) has announced the selection of Dr. Jeremy Gibbs, chief academic officer of Transylvania County Schools, as the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Samuel Houston Leadership Award.

This annual award is presented to a graduate of the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development's Aspiring Superintendent Program, a program which is designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina's public schools.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Samuel Houston who is president and chief executive officer of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center.

Houston served as superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District for 10 years, where he opened the first year round school in North Carolina.

Houston has been a champion for strategic planning, student performance and accountability, meeting the needs of the 21st century workforce, skills for the STEM world and building education partnerships. Houston also served as the first executive director of the University of North Carolina Center for Leadership Development.

Houston was awarded the Jay Robinson Leadership Award as an exemplary educator for his outstanding contributions to statewide public K-12 education. He also earned the RJR-Nabisco Foundation's China Breaker Award for implementing educational change. He has been inducted into the Appalachian State University Reich College of Education's Rhododendron Society and the East Carolina University's Education Hall of Fame and has received the Distinguished Career Award from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro School of Education.

Commenting on Dr. Gibbs' honor, NCSSA Executive Director Jack Hoke said, "Dr. Gibbs exemplifies the traits that guide Dr. Sam Houston's career in educational leadership. Dr. Gibbs has a commitment to continuous improvement, high standards of ethical conduct, strategic planning, improving student performance and meeting the needs of the 21st century workforce."

Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris said, "Dr. Gibbs brings a focus on improving the future for all students into his work on behalf of Transylvania County Schools. His work with teachers and curriculum has a proactive and common sense approach that fosters a strong sense of efficacy and teacher empowerment."

Gibbs said of the award and the program, "It was truly an honor to receive this award, and I just hope I can do a fraction of the good that Dr. Houston has done throughout his distinguished career in our state. Strong and principled leadership for our schools matters so very much and I consider myself fortunate to be able to participate in this enriching professional learning experience."

Dr. Gibbs was presented a check for $1,000 to be used for personal professional development.


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