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2016

Alumnus Jim Merrill wins N.C. Superintendent of the Year honor

Jim Merrill (A.B.Ed. ’73), superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, has been named the 2017 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year.

School of Education honors seven at annual Alumni Awards Dinner

The School of Education has honored seven people – a vice president at the UNC system’s General Administration and six alumni – at its 15th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner.

Alumnus Ron Miller (Ph.D. '76) is lunging into his 50th year as Carolina's fencing coach

School of Education alumnus Coach Ron Miller has entered his 50th year as Carolina’s fencing coach. Miller, who is now the longest tenured coach at Carolina, took a stab at starting a varsity fencing team in 1967. Since then he and his teams have won 1,400 victories.

SOE alumna Muriel Summers named Wake County Principal of the Year

Summers has received national and worldwide recognition for her work in using Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits” program to establish Combs as the first leadership elementary school in the nation.

Alumnus Sanford “Sandy” Shugart to be honored by UNC-Chapel Hill

Alumnus Sanford “Sandy” Shugart to be honored by the UNC-Chapel Hill with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Alumna Denise Young named director of Minnesota museum

Denise Young (A.B.Ed. '93, M.S.A. '03, Ed.D. '12), director of education and planning at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, has been named executive director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium at the University of Minnesota.

Gail Weaver Bunn (A.B.Ed. ’72), supporter of School of Education, dies at 65

Bunn (A.B.Ed. ’72) grew up in Salisbury, N.C., attended Carolina, then taught for several years in Yadkin County. After obtaining a business degree, she went to work in banking in Charlotte, spending 19 years rising through the management ranks with NCNB and Nationsbank.

School led by alumni Leslie Taylor, Katie Ware nominated for award

School of Education alumni Leslie Taylor and Katie Ware are a dynamic duo. Taylor (M.S.A. ’10) is principal at Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh. Ware (M.A.T. ’03) is an assistant principal at Wiley. They learned Friday (Feb. 19) that their school was one of two in North Carolina nominated to represent the state in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award program.

Matt Hunt (M.S.A. ’11) named Principal of Year finalist

Matt Hunt, principal at Northern High School in Durham, has been named one of eight finalists for the 2016 N.C. Principal of the Year.