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  • Dr. Barry D. Collins Onslow County Schools, February 26, 2019 – The Onslow County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and election of Dr. Barry Collins as the next superintendent of the Onslow County Schools (OCS). Dr. Collins will take office on March 1, 2019.

    During the search process, the board carefully reviewed applications from a diverse field of thirty-two excellent candidates. Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Dr. Collins’ experience, leadership, and dedication to students would best serve OCS students, staff, and the community for years to come. The board is confident that Dr. Collins will lead the school system to even higher achievement.

    Dr. Collins has enjoyed a long and successful career in public education spanning almost thirty years in the state of North Carolina. Since 2007, he has served as the associate superintendent responsible for human resources and student services for the Onslow County Schools. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Collins served as the director of human resources for the Jones County Schools. Dr. Collins also previously served as a principal in Jones County and as an assistant principal in Onslow County. He began his career in public education as a math and science teacher at Northwoods Park Middle School in Onslow County.

    Dr. Collins has an impressive academic background as well, including a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He went on to earn a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University. Dr. Collins also is a proud graduate of White Oak High School in Onslow County.

    "I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of Schools here in my home county. There is no other place I would rather be than right here, right now. Faith and Family has always guided me in my personal and professional life. We live and work in the best district filled with great students, parents, and staff. With a belief and reliance on servant leadership, I look forward to working with our school board, our commissioners, our community members, and the administrative staff to continue and build upon the Onslow County Schools tradition of “Excellence in Education” for all students."