Posted by: Todd Long | November 12, 2008

Iredell-Statesville Schools’ Superintendent Named 2009 Superintendent of the Year

I received this today from the Statesville Chamber of Commerce.  Congratulations Dr. Holliday!!!!  Thank you for your hard work.

Dr. Terry K. Holliday, Superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools, was named the 2009 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year at an awards presentation and reception held Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The award was given jointly by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). TE21, Inc. sponsored the event and provided a $5,000 award to the winner.


Since 2002, Dr. Holliday has been superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools, a district that serves over 20,000 students in grades PreK-12.  Prior to coming to Iredell-Statesville Schools, Dr. Holliday served as superintendent of Transylvania County Schools in Brevard, N.C.

A native of Belton, S.C., Dr. Holliday holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Furman University, and Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from Winthrop University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.

During his tenure as superintendent, Dr. Holliday has led the district to great gains in student achievement; Iredell-Statesville schools consistently measure in the top ten in North Carolina in student performance despite being one of the lowest funded districts in per pupil expenditures in the state. Dr. Holliday has also made an impact on education at the state level with his work on reforming the N.C. accountability program while serving on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Testing and Accountability.

A statement written by Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education Chair Dr. David W. Cash says this about Holliday, “He truly believes and his daily leadership shows that our school system’s significant accomplishments have been achieved largely through multiple collaborative relationships in this community based on trust earned by improved accountability, transparency, and communication skills. Dr. Holliday’s dedicated and untiring efforts have definitely made an enduring difference in this community.”

Others agree that Holliday’s leadership skills are commendable.


“Dr. Terry Holliday has been a role model for his peers and continues to blaze a trail for academic excellence for all students,” said NCASA Executive Director Bill McNeal.


Dr. Ed Dunlap, Jr., Executive Director of NCSBA, said, “Terry is talented and innovative leader with a successful tenure as superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools.”


The 2009 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Award winner will compete for the National Superintendent of the Year honor, which will be given at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education Feb. 19-21 in San Francisco, CA.


Along with Dr. Holliday, the 2009 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year nominees included:


·        Dr. Ashley F. Hinson, Jr., Surry County Schools

·        Dr. Sonna J. Lyda, Transylvania County Schools

·        Dr. Katie M. McGee, Brunswick County Schools

·        Dr. Anthony L. Parker, Johnston County Schools

·        Dr. Bobbie Y. Short, Watauga County Schools (retired)


NCASA is a non-profit membership organization serving 7,000 school administrators from across North Carolina, including superintendents from each of the 115 public school systems in the state. The goal of the organization is to ensure quality learning experiences for all students through visionary and effective leadership.


NCSBA is a non-profit organization that represents the 115 local boards of education in North Carolina. The organization seeks to provide leadership and services that enable local school boards to govern effectively.


TE21, Inc. (Training and Education in the 21st Century) is a corporation dedicated to providing clients with the tools to enhance human performance. TE21, Inc. works in schools across the United States to deliver teacher training, innovative and engaging K–12 curriculum products and adult education.


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