Catawba County Board of Education Names New Superintendent

    The Catawba County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Dr. Matthew Stover as the next Superintendent of the Catawba County Schools (CCS).  Dr. Stover will take office on November 1, 2016.  

    During the search process, the board carefully reviewed applications and supporting documentation from a diverse field of 24 candidates.

    “We had many highly qualified candidates to apply and we spent may long meetings reviewing their applications and conducting lengthy interviews,” said Board of Education Chairman Marilyn McRee.  “Based on Dr. Stover’s professional background and personal attributes, we feel he is the best choice to lead our system forward in the coming years.  Our system has several major initiatives in the planning stages, and we are confident that Dr. Stover will be able to see them through and help us become the best public school system in North Carolina.”

    Dr. Stover has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 15 years in North Carolina.  He currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of the Lincoln County Schools.  In this role since 2013, Dr. Stover has worked as a key member of the school system’s administrative team in several areas, including safety and security, athletics, maintenance, capital and bond projects, facilities, contracts, and technology.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Stover served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Lincoln County Schools from 2011-2013, where he led all aspects of human resources leadership and management for the school system.  Dr. Stover also served as an assistant principal (2003-2007) and principal (2007-2011) for Lincoln County Schools.  He began his career in public education as a high school teacher and coach in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

    Dr. Stover has an impressive academic background as well, including a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania.  He also attended Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where he obtained a master’s degree in school administration in 2003 and a doctorate in educational leadership in 2009.

    Dr. Stover greatly looks forward to the opportunity to lead the Catawba County Schools and to become part of the community.  With him, Dr. Stover brings his wife, Melia, and two children who also look forward to investing in Catawba County Schools.  Dr. Stover has issued the following statement about the position: 

    “Catawba County Schools is well respected in our region, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to invest myself in its future.  I most look forward to meeting the students, staff, and community members who have contributed to this excellent reputation, and I am eager to work with those key players in setting goals and reaching those goals for continued success.” 

    Please join the board in welcoming Dr. Stover as the new Superintendent of the Catawba County Schools.