Cabinet Members Bio

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Dr. Mary Black
Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services
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2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Phone: 910-678-2423

Dr. Mary Wilson Black has had a successful career in education as a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle, high school, technical institute, and university levels. She has also served as an assistant principal and most notably the first female African-American principal of Ferguson-Easley Elementary School. Dr. Black’s past experiences include an Adjunct Professor at Fayetteville State University and the Director of Elementary Education and the Director for Schools in Cumberland County.

Dr. Black received her bachelor’s degree in French from Albany State University. She received her master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC.

Dr. Black has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the “Wachovia South Central Region Principal of the Year” and the “Wachovia Principal of the Year” for Cumberland County Schools. She also holds the titles for the Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year and Cumberland County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Dr. Black is the co-founder and visionary of the PRIDE PACT Leadership Academy for Girls since 2007. In 2018, she was selected to serve on the Cumberland County Board for the United Way and the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Bragg.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington recognized her with the Razor Walker Award for vision, tenacity, courage, and sacrifice in service to children and youth in North Carolina, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority honored her with the Trailblazers Award in 2010, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in Oklahoma, recognized her with the Educator’s Award for her services to students and families. Her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. honored her with The Humanitarian and Caring Soror Award in 2009 and The Eula Edmonds Glover Award for volunteer community service in April 2011. The late Mayor J.L. Dawkins Proclaimed November 19, 1993, as Mary A. Black’s Day in Fayetteville, NC when she was named the Southeast Regional Principal of the Year. She has also been recognized as a Living Legends Award recipient by Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and most recently awarded the Marvin R. Pittman  Champions for Education Award by the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Joe Desormeaux

Joe Desormeaux
Associate Superintendent of Auxiliary Services
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2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Phone: 910-678-2305

Joe Desormeaux has served as the associate superintendent of auxiliary services since 2018. With 38 years of experience in maintenance and construction functions, he is responsible for transportation, child nutrition, operations (facility planning, construction, maintenance, custodial, warehouse), student activities (athletics) and security.

For nine years, Desormeaux served as assistant superintendent for facilities at Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) where he led the facilities department for the 15th largest school system in the nation. He was responsible for planning, real estate, design, construction, child nutrition services, custodial and maintenance. The budget included almost $300 million per year in bond funding and over $150 million a year in operating funds with approximately 1,400 design, construction, maintenance, custodial and child nutrition personnel. While at WCPSS, Desormeaux completed a $940 million Capital Improvement Plan, building 15 schools and renovating five schools. He implemented a new recurring 7-year $2.2 billion construction plan including 18 new schools and 16 major renovations.

Desormeaux joined WCPSS in 2001 as senior director of maintenance and operations. He is retired from the United States Air Force.

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Clyde Locklear
Associate Superintendent of Business Operations
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2491 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, N.C. 28306
Phone: 910-678-2350

Clyde Locklear serves as the associate superintendent of business operations, overseeing the finance department. Locklear is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. His work experience includes retail consumer finance and business services and finance in K-12 Public Education. With over 30 years of experience in public education, Locklear has worked with a wide array of school business functions including facilities, maintenance, support programs, insurance, and benefits in addition to financial operations including budgeting, payroll, auditing, and accounting.

Locklear is a certified School Business Administrator and a member of the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials (NCASBO).

He currently serves as the co-chair of the School Business Systems Modernization Committee for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

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Betty Musselwhite
Associate Superintendent of School Support
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2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Phone: 910-678-2495

Betty Musselwhite has served as the associate superintendent of school support since 2009. Prior to this role, Musselwhite served as a public school administrator in elementary and secondary schools. Her entire teaching/administrative career has been with CCS.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a master’s degree in School Administration, Instructional Supervision, and Reading from Fayetteville State University.

Musselwhite began her teaching career at Seventy-First Elementary where she became the assistant principal. When the school closed as an elementary school, she moved with the Seventy-First Elementary staff to Loyd Auman Elementary and continued to serve as assistant principal there and at Westover High School. She then served as the principal of District 7 Elementary, Cliffdale Elementary, and Vanstory Hills Elementary before accepting the position of associate superintendent of school support.

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Ron Phipps
Associate Superintendent of Evaluation & Testing
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396 Elementary Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: 910-829-4706

Ron Phipps serves as the associate superintendent of evaluation and testing. Phipps has been with CCS for 30 years, his entire working career.

Phipps received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a teaching certificate in Social Studies and an endorsement for Health and PE from Methodist University. While at Methodist, Ron played on the Varsity Men’s Tennis Team where he was a 3-time member of the Dixie Intercollegiate All-Conference Academic Team, 2-time member of the Dixie Intercollegiate Conference Coaches Select All-Conference Team, and 2-time Methodist Men’s Tennis Most Valuable Player.

He received his Master of Educational Leadership degree from Fayetteville State University. Phipps began his career as a teacher and coach at Anne Chesnutt Junior High School, then served as an assistant principal at South View High School and Mac Williams Middle School and as principal of Beaver Dam Elementary School.

Phipps has also served as director of elementary education, executive director of testing and assistant superintendent of evaluation and testing.

In 2017, Phipps was named the Clyde Davis RAC 5 Testing Coordinator of the Year and in 2018, was named the Dr. Joseph Locklear/Ricky Lopes Cumberland County Schools Central Services Employee of the Year.

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Ruben Reyes
Associate Superintendent of Human Resources
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2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville NC 28306
Phone: 910-678-2310

Ruben Reyes currently serves as the associate superintendent for human resources. From 2006 until 2015, Reyes served as CCS’ executive director of exceptional children’s services. He has also served as lead psychologist for CCS’ Psychological Services. 

Reyes graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology degree and received a master’s degree from Western Carolina University.

Reyes has received many accolades, including being a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and serving as the NCATE Student Diversity Chairman. He served on the North Carolina EC Director’s Advisory Council for five years and currently serves on the N.C. DPI Compliance Commission.

In 2014, the Fayetteville Observer named him on their 40 under 40 list. He received the 2009-2010 Matthew Joel Hastings Outstanding Administrator of Special Education and the N.C. CEC Felix S. Barker Award.

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Nick Sojka
Board Attorney
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2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
910-678-2304

Nick Sojka joined CCS in 2018 as the Board of Education attorney. Previously, Sojka served as general counsel to three Cape Fear region public school systems, including Hoke, Scotland and Clinton City and has represented numerous others in specialized matters.

Sojka received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

In 2009-2010, Sojka served as the chair of the N.C. Council of School Attorneys. He has also been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education. In 2017, he received the Marvin R. Pittman Champions for Education Award presented by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Sojka is an Elder for the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. and served as a member of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Community Leadership Council from 2013-2015.

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Lindsay Whitley
Associate Superintendent of Communications and Community Engagement
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2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
910-678-2303

Lindsay Whitley, the associate superintendent of Communications and Community Engagement, joined Cumberland County Schools in 2018. He serves as chief communication strategist for the school system. Mr. Whitley is responsible for overseeing external and internal communications generated on behalf of the school system in the areas of public and media relations, customer service, community engagement, print, and graphic design, video production, website management, and social media.

Prior to working for CCS, Mr. Whitley served for five years as the director of Guilford Parent Academy (GPA) for Guilford County Schools. GPA provides information and training on a variety of topics for parents, grandparents and family members caring for children and young people in Guilford County. Through innovative approaches and best practices, Mr. Whitley led the effort to increase parent engagement in Guilford County Schools.

Mr. Whitley holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication Studies and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership from High Point University in High Point, NC.

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Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman
Chief Academic Officer
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2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Phone: 910-678-2407

Dr. Wilson-Norman has more than 25 years of experience and has successfully attained diverse leadership positions in public education with state and local agencies. Prior to joining CCS, Dr. Wilson-Norman served as the chief academic officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Additionally, she has served students and families as a teacher, principal, assistant and deputy superintendent.

During her distinguished career as an educator, Dr. Wilson-Norman received numerous notable accolades, multiple recognitions and served on various boards and organizations such as the North Carolina Middle School Association, The Southeast Comprehensive Center Executive Board, Communities in Schools, Durham Partnership for Children, and Made in Durham.

She has been recognized as Principal of the Year for Durham Public Schools and Central Office Administrator of the Year by the North Carolina Middle School Association. Dr. Wilson-Norman has held adjunct professor roles at North Carolina Central and Gardner-Webb Universities.

Dr. Wilson-Norman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration, Master’s degree in Educational Administration both from North Carolina Central University and a Doctorate from Gardner-Webb University.

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