Superintendent's Biography

Dr. Lory Morrow

Approved by the Davidson County Board of Education on December 2, 2013 as Davidson County Schools’ fifth superintendent, Dr. Lory Morrow is committed to ensuring all students are career and college ready.  Dr. Morrow, a native of Pittsburgh, is the first female serving as superintendent for Davidson County School system.  She has previously served in varying roles in the Gaston County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Iredell-Statesville school districts including roles as deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, executive director, principal, assistant principal and teacher before coming to Davidson County Schools.

The Davidson County Schools have seen tremendous growth under Dr. Morrow’s leadership.  In recent years the number of individual schools that have met or exceeded growth have improved along with student proficiency.  At the conclusion of the 2015-2016 academic year, the proficiency rating of students in the Davidson County Schools was ranked 25 of 115 for all of North Carolina’s public schools while students also achieved a historic high graduation rate of 85.9%.  Morrow’s leadership impact on the teaching profession for the district has been equally impressive with the most recent teacher turnover rate of 9.53% ranking second lowest in the Piedmont-Triad region.  Dr. Morrow is a champion for finding funds to attract, recruit, and retain high quality educators while at the same time providing resources at the school level to address the social and emotional needs inherent to elementary, middle, and high school students.   

During her twenty-five year career as an educator, Morrow has worked diligently to ensure all students receive top quality education regardless of their zip code.  Morrow received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and her Master’s in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University.  She received her Undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Morrow is the 2017 Piedmont-Triad Education Consortium (PTEC) Regional Superintendent of the Year and the Chair of the Superintendent’s Consortium for PTEC.  Additionally, Morrow serves as the President-Elect of the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum (NCASCD) and sits on various community boards across Davidson County.  In her free time she enjoys swimming, the beach and spending time with her family.  Dr. Morrow and her husband Jerry of 22 years reside in Winston-Salem, NC.

Dr. Lory 
Morrow Named Top Regional Superintendent

Dr. Lory Morrow, superintendent of Davidson County Schools, has been named the 2016 Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium. Morrow was nominated by fellow superintendents in the 16 school districts that make up the Piedmont Triad Region. She has served as superintendent of Davidson County Schools since 2014 and is the first female to serve as superintendent. “I am extremely humbled to receive this recognition from my fellow superintendents,” Morrow said. “This award truly belongs to the students and staff of Davidson County Schools. I could not do this work without the support of the school board, my husband and family”. Morrow will contend for the 2016 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, to be announced in November. Regional candidates will be judged on creativity in successfully meeting the needs of the students, strength in personal and organizational communication, professionalism, professional development, and active participation in local activities. Dr. Morrow is currently the chair of the Piedmont Triad Education Superintendents Consortium. She is the president elect for the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and also serves on several community boards across Davidson County. Over the past 25 years, Morrow has worked in four school districts across North Carolina, as an elementary school teacher, literacy facilitator, assistant principal, principal, executive director and deputy superintendent. Before coming to Davidson County, Dr. Morrow was Deputy Superintendent for the Gaston County School system. Morrow earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and a M.Ed. in school administration from Gardner Webb University. She was a member of the first doctoral cohort at Gardner Webb University and the first to be named superintendent from this cohort. Dr. Morrow also holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.