The North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA) has announced the selection of Dr. Barry Williams, Principal of Gates County Public Schools, as the recipient of the Dr. Dwayne Stalling Leadership Award.
The award is presented in honor and recognition of a superintendent who has demonstrated a strong dedication to public education, a commitment to academic excellence and a continued focus on professional growth. and student learning.
This inaugural award is presented to a superintendent serving a school district in northeastern North Carolina and a member of the Northeast Regional Education Service Alliance (NERESA). NERESA is a professional alliance that supports and improves educational services and resources for member districts. These include facilitating professional development opportunities and promoting communication between districts and state agencies, professional organizations, elected officials and education officials.
Dr Williams was selected by a committee of NCSSA members.
Having been named the first recipient of the award, Dr Williams said: “I am extremely honored and honored to receive the Dr Dwayne Stallings Leadership Award. I remember in 2011 a very distinguished man approached me at a NERESA meeting in Williamston with “Hello, this is Dwayne Stallings, the Superintendent of Perquimans County. If you ever need anything let me know. A week later, he called me on the phone to see how I was doing in my new position, calls he continued throughout his tenure as Superintendent and then Executive Director of NERESA. He also invited me to a church to talk to the students.
Williams said Stallings was more than the superintendent of Perquimans and the leader of NERESA.
“He was a mentor and a close friend,” Williams noted. “Dr. Stallings taught me patience, guided me as President of NERESA and supported my candidacy for Superintendent of the Year when he was Director of NERESA. I miss his phone calls. I miss him hiding by drinking a protein shake instead of a heavy meal, and more importantly, I miss his friendship. This award means more to me than anyone will ever know and I’m truly grateful for this award Leadership Award in honor of Dr. Dwayne Stallings.
When selecting the winner, the following criteria were taken into account:
Dedication to public educational leadership resulting in innovative programs for student success.
Commitment to academic excellence through collaboration with local and state educational leaders.
Continued focus on professional growth through personal learning and providing lifelong learning opportunities for school district leaders.
NCSSA Executive Director Jack Hoke said Dr Williams exemplifies traits that have guided Dr Dwayne Stallings’ career in educational leadership.
“He has demonstrated a strong dedication to public education, a commitment to academic excellence and an ongoing focus on professional growth and student learning for schools in Gates County. He amply deserves the leadership award honoring Dr. Stallings, ”Hoke said.
Dr Williams is in his 11th year as Superintendent of Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, his master’s degree in educational leadership and political studies from Virginia Tech, and his doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He was a principal for two years in Colorado before taking up his current position in North Carolina.
During his tenure in North Carolina, Mr. Williams obtained an additional Masters of Education Law from Nova Southeastern University. He received National Superintendent Certification from AASA, was named Northeast Region Superintendent of the Year in 2019, and was nominated for the 2020 A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year Award.
In 2020, Dr Williams was appointed by Governor Cooper and currently serves on the NCCAT Board of Directors and has served on numerous committees and cohorts in support of public education in North Carolina. Dr. Williams received the Superintendent’s Leadership Award under the Next Generation NC program, served on the NCSSA State Board of Directors, and published a legal article titled “Avoiding Employee Hostile Work Environment Claims Through a Teacher Evaluation System ”.
The award is named in honor of Dr Dwayne Stallings who served as Executive Director of NERESA at the time of his death on August 9, 2020 at the age of 63.
Dr Stallings began his career teaching education in the school districts of Chowan, Gates and Pasquotank. He then served in the Perquimans County School System as Deputy Principal, then later as Principal of Perquimans High School, Principal of Winfall Central Elementary School and finally as Superintendent. Dr Stallings was also Assistant Professor at ECU after his retirement.
As an educational leader, Dr. Stallings has served as a head or assistant coach in three different school districts. He served on the board of directors of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and in 2015 he received the Bob McRae Superintendent of the Year award named after Bob McRae, former school superintendent of Randolph County and former president of the NCHSAA. Dr Stallings was named NERESA Superintendent of the Year in 2013 and nominated for the Superintendent of the Year A. Craig Phillips award.