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Dr. David Stegall Named “Superintendent to Watch” by National School Public Relations Association


Dr. David Stegall Named “Superintendent to Watch” by National School Public Relations Association

DSC_0028Newton, NC — April 5, 2016 — Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. David Stegall has been named one of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)’s “Superintendents to Watch” for 2015-16.

NSPRA is excited for this opportunity to recognize superintendents, with fewer than five years’ experience as a superintendent, who understand that effective communication leads to school and student success. In a process that began last winter, nominees were submitted who use new communication technology to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts. By February, the nominations were in and final selections were made earlier this month.

According to NSPRA, “These superintendents are recognized for using dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. They engage and inform their school communities with new communication technology tools combined with tried-and-true techniques.”

Dr. Stegall is an active participant in both internal and external two-way communication, understanding the importance of the two “Is” of Public Relations — keeping the district and community both Informed and Involved within and outside of our schools.  As a component of this award, Dr. Stegall will be featured in an individual highlight article for the honor in either NSPRA This Week or e-Network publications in the coming months. He will also receive a recognition certificate, as well as a special invitation to NSPRA’s Chicago Seminar.

Newton-Conover Spokesman and PIO, Jamie Frye, speaks highly of Dr. Stegall’s leadership in innovative and effective communication.

“This award is truly reflective of Dr. Stegall’s continuous efforts to maintain a Growth Mindset in his approach to leadership and clearly opening dialogue surrounding his mission and his expectations of the Newton-Conover City School district.  Never afraid to try new things, Dr. Stegall is a trailblazer and thought leader in all aspects of K-12 education, and we are elated that he has been recognized for the effort he puts into his work every day,” said Frye.

Dr. Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer, shared her perspective on Dr. Stegall’s leadership acumen.

“To give you a true testament to Dr. Stegall’s leadership, it is important for you to know my professional journey to Newton-Conover City Schools.  Prior to my accepting my current position as Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover, I worked for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a professional development consultant.  I provided professional development across the state, but I offered in-house services primarily in the Northwest Region of the state,” said Mullins.

With the understanding that Dr. Mullins served so many districts in North Carolina, it makes Dr. Stegall’s recognition that much more powerful.

“Of the nineteen school districts and three charter schools I served, Dr. Stegall was, hands-down, the most visionary and impactful leader.  When he was selected as the superintendent at Newton-Conover, without hesitation, I left a job that I absolutely loved because I knew that under Dr. Stegall’s guidance that I would grow professionally in ways I could not imagine and that I could truly make a difference in a vibrant, innovative organization,” Mullins said.

Dr. Stegall was the only Superintendent in North Carolina who received this honor from NSPRA.

Jamie Frye
Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer
jamie_frye (at)

605 N Ashe Ave
Newton, NC 28658


About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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