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Dr. Kathy Spencer, Superintendent of Onslow County Schools, has been voted by her peers as the regional "Superintendent of the Year" for 2010-2011 by the Southeast Region Superintendents' Council.  This Council is composed of the superintendents of all seventeen public school systems in the Southeast. 

All regional Superintendents of the Year across the state will have their applications reviewed by a state level committee for final selection as the North Carolina Superintendent of the Year to be announced in November.  The North Carolina Superintendent of the Year program is part of the National Superintendent of the Year Award Program sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators to recognize outstanding leadership.  Each candidate is judged on the following criteria:

Leadership for Learning; Communication Skills; Professionalism; and Community Involvement.

The Superintendent of the Year program believes that leadership in education is as much about "opening doors to dreams" as it is about "opening minds to learning."  To be selected as an outstanding superintendent does not mean that the person is just a school system leader, but is a community builder and advocate as well, who encourages teachers, principals, families and others who touch the lives of students.

North Carolina has had several state winners to be selected as finalists at the national level.  In 2004, Wake County Public Schools Superintendent Bill McNeal was named as the National Superintendent of the Year.