July 25, 2008

School Board Hires Green As Superintendent

By Morgan Josey Glover, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.

Jul. 24--GREENSBORO -- The Guilford County Board of Education voted 7-4 on Thursday to hire Maurice "Mo" Green as the third superintendent of Guilford County Schools.

The board will now negotiate a contract with Green, who serves as deputy superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He would earn a base salary of $250,000 and start on Sept. 8. He would serve until 2012.

Jeff Belton, Garth Hebert, Anita Sharpe and Darlene Garrett voted against the motion.

"This has been a long and grueling endeavor," Belton said. "I'm glad to bring it to a conclusion and wish Mr. Green the best."

Green will replace Terry Grier who resigned in February after eight years on the job to take a similar position in San Diego. He will be the district's first African-American superintendent.

"This is a great day for Guilford County," said Alan Duncan, chair of the Guilford County Schools Board of Education. "In Mo Green, we will have a superintendent who demonstrates tremendous educational leadership and empowers others by instilling confidence in those around him.

His extraordinary intellectual abilities are well suited to the dynamic academic climate of this school system."

Green holds a bachelor's degree in political science and economics and a law degree, both from Duke University. Upon graduating from law school, his first job was as a law clerk for Federal District Court Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. in Greensboro for a year.

He then completed his clerkship at the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. After completing his clerkship, he joined the blue chip Charlotte law firm of Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore LLP.

He worked his way up to partner after six years before leaving to join Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as general counsel in 2001.

In 2006, he became chief operating officer. He added the additional portfolio of deputy superintendent last February.

In his current position, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a public agency with a budget of $1.17 billion, 135,000 students and nearly 18,000 employees.

He oversees academic services, human resources, finance, school safety, technology, accountability, and school law enforcement, among other areas.

His many honors include "Top 40 Under 40" from the Charlotte Business Journal and the Black Women's Caucus of Charlotte's Trailblazer award.

He serves on numerous boards, including the YMCA, the Arts and Science Council and the Crisis Assistance Ministry. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Read more in Friday's News & Record.


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