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Top Administrator and Former Jurist Chosen as Superintendent
Maurice "Mo" Green appointed to Guilford County Schools' top job
Greensboro, NC - Maurice "Mo" Green, a high ranking administrator of one of the nation's largest school systems and an attorney whose first job out of law school was a prestigious clerkship with a federal judge in Greensboro, has been selected as the third permanent superintendent of Guilford County Schools (GCS).
The board voted Thursday night to appoint Green, a deputy superintendent and chief operating officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, to run GCS. Green will replace Dr. 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.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools is the third largest school district in North Carolina serving more than 71,000 students at 120 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district's mission is to graduate responsible citizens prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice.
Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district's Web site at www.gcsnc.com.