Four District Ed Members Among Six Appointed to SBE

Raleigh – The Alliance congratulates the six new appointees that were sworn in to the State Board of Education (SBE).  The SBE is created by  Article IX of the State Constitution and consists of the Lt. Governor, the State Treasurer, and eleven members appointed by the Governor.

“Four of the six new appointees have gained experience in traditional, district systems for a number of years –as Board of Education members, as a Director of Curriculum, or as a special education teacher,” said Alliance Board Member Debbie Clary. “A former Congressman and a businessman round out this fine slate of  new appointees,” Clary added.

The volunteer SBE members serve without compensation and control North Carolina’s uniform public K-12 system which spends about $9 billion or 50% of the state’s budget on the K-12 schools and their 1.4 million students.

The NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools looks forward to working closely with the new SBE in enhancing educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina.

The new members are:

  • A.L. “Buddy” Collins (Forsyth County) – Collins is an attorney in Kernersville. He also serves as a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education and has been the board’s Building Committee Chair since 2002. In 2008, Collins was awarded the Friend of Education Award by the Forsyth County Association of Educators. Collins will replace Christine Greene on the Board, serving as a representative of District 5.
  • Dr. Olivia Oxendine (Robeson County) – Oxendine is a professor in the Department of School Administration and Counseling at UNC at Pembroke. Prior to her time at Pembroke, Oxendine served as Curriculum Director for the Hoke County School System. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations from UNC at Greensboro. Oxendine will replace Shirley Harris, serving as a representative of District 4.
  • Marcella Ramirez Savage (Union County) –  Savage is a member of the Union County Board of Education. She was elected Vice-Chair of the Board in December 2012. Savage serves as Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A. Savage will replace Melissa Bartlett on the Board, serving as a member-at-large.
  • Member-at-large: William Cobey Jr (Chapel Hill, NC) – After serving as a Member of the United States Congress in the mid 1980s, Cobey joined the administration of Governor Martin as Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation and then as Secretary of the Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources. Currently, Bill serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill.
  •  State Board of Education, District 1: Rebecca H. Taylor (Greenville, NC) – Taylor has worked in the field of education for more than 35 years. She began her career as a special education teacher, serving students identified with learning and behavioral disabilities. Taylor was selected by East Carolina University (ECU) to pilot an innovative, hands-on Science curriculum with middle school students. She also taught in the Department of Special Education at East Carolina, where she supervised student teachers. She currently owns and operates 5 Sylvan Learning Center franchises in Eastern North Carolina.
  •  State Board of Education, District 7: Gregory Alcorn (Salisbury, NC) – Alcorn most recently served as Founder and CEO of Global Contact Services. Formerly the President of SOMAR, Inc. in Salisbury, NC and Telespectrum, Inc. in King of Prussia, PA.

About the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools

The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools (“The Alliance”) is the state’s only 501(c)(3), nonprofit, non-partisan organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors combining over a century of first-hand experience in charter school operations, law, policies, and finance. The Alliance mission is to advance quality educational opportunities for all North Carolina children by supporting and expanding successful public charter schools and it serves as the advocacy organization and voice for charter schools in North Carolina. Join today at and let your voice be heard!

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