Dr. Beverly Emory was hired in March 2013 to be the sixth superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The 2013-14 school year will be Dr. Emory's first leading the school district.
Dr. Emory has spent more than 30 years in education and has nearly 20 years of experience as a superintendent. She came to Forsyth County from Pitt County Schools, where she served as superintendent from 2006 to 2013. She also spent six years as the superintendent of Oberlin City School District in Oberlin, Ohio. Her initial superintendent experience was in Westlake City School District in Westlake, Ohio. Dr. Emory has also spent considerable time as a principal, central office administrator and adjunct university professor, and she began her career teaching science and math at West McDowell Junior High School in McDowell County, North Carolina.
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.
During her career, Dr. Emory has often been recognized for her scholarship and leadership. She has been published several times and has been asked to present at many conferences. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Golden Achievement Award by the National School Public Relations Association, the Ambassador Award given by the Horace Mann League of the United States and the Excellence in School Management Award from Harvard Business School. She has also been inducted into the East Carolina Educators Hall of Fame.
During her seven years leading Pitt County Schools – the 10th-largest school district in North Carolina, with about 23,300 students – Dr. Emory was instrumental in increasing the graduation rate more than 15 points, reducing the dropout rate and raising student achievement to the highest levels in the district’s history of the ABCs model. She has started and led many successful initiatives and programs. She partnered with several higher educational and medical institutions to expand the nationally recognized Health Sciences Academy. In 2009, she worked closely with East Carolina University to secure a $9 million grant for beginning teacher support. Dr. Emory has also proven her skills in bringing a diverse school community together; she has played a pivotal role in developing a plan to move Pitt County Schools to “unitary status” under a 50-year-old desegregation order.
Dr. Emory is a native of Marion, N.C. She is married to Battle Emory. She has two adult children – a son, Nick, who lives in California, and a daughter, Whitney, who lives in Greenville, N.C.