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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: JANUARY 10, 2002


The chief lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of School Administrators' (NCASA) organization today was named the new legislative director by the State Board of Education. Linda Suggs brings 33 years of experience in public education in this state to her new position.

As associate executive director of NCASA, Suggs served as the group's chief lobbyist and assisted in planning and implementing the work of the group. In this role and in her previous role as section chief for School Personnel Support with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Suggs was a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars for school leaders. She provided leadership in areas related to recruitment and retention of teachers, personnel evaluation and other aspects of public school employment as section chief. She joined DPI in 1994 as a personnel analyst.

Board Chairman Phillip J. Kirk Jr. said that the Board and the Department are fortunate to have someone with Suggs' education and legislative experiences accept this position.

"Our legislature is so supportive of public schools. It's important to the Board and the Department to continue this partnership. Linda's relationship with the members and her ties to many educators throughout the state will enable us to continue to push the agenda for better schools in our state," Kirk said.

Besides her state-level education experience, Suggs also has local experience. Prior to joining DPI in 1994, Suggs was the director of Secondary Personnel for Wake County Schools. She also held positions as supervisor of English/Language Arts for Wake County and as a teacher of English and Latin at Athens Drive High School and West Cary Junior High School, also in Wake County. Suggs is a magna cum laude graduate of Meredith College and holds a master's degree from Duke University. She earned principal and administrator certification through North Carolina State University.

Suggs begins her new position Feb. 1. The legislative director is the only registered lobbyist for the State Board and Department of Public Instruction.

For more information, please call the DPI Communications Office, 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.