• Welcome

    My name is James Browning, and I am an Assistant Principal at White Oak High.  I am excited about joining the VIKING community this year.  I look forward to supporting students and staff in the coming school year.  Please see below for my bio, education, and experience.




Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. James A. Browning, Jr.

I was born at the Naval Hospital onboard Camp LeJeune on December 7, 1964.  My family moved to Richlands when I started elementary school.  Except for my time at college, I have lived in Richlands my entire life.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems from the University of Mount Olive in May 1994 and a Master of School Administration from East Carolina University in May 2018.

I am married to Melisa Kennedy.  She was born and raised in Beulaville.  We met and have been together since our senior year in high school.  Melisa graduated from East Duplin High School and Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson.  She retired from teaching AVID and 7th grade Language Arts at Trexler Middle School in Richlands. She got bored at home and returned to work as a part-time Instructional Coach at New Bridge Middle School.

We have two children, Alex and Megan.  Alex married Christina and graduated from Western Carolina with a BS in Business Management.  My daughter graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a Master's in Elementary Education.  Megan teaches 5th grade in Greensboro, and she is married to Austin.

Alex and Christina had my first grandchild, Rush Alexander Browning.


  •  University of East Carolina University of East Carolina

    Master's of School Administration



    University of Mount Olive

    University of Mount Olive

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems



     University of North Carolina  

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




    Richlands High School Richlands High School 



  • 2022-Present> Assistant Principal at White Oak High

    2011 - 2022 > Business / Technology Information Teacher at Jacksonville High

    2004  -2011 > Business / Technology Information Teacher at Southwest Onslow High

    1998 - 2003 > Purchasing Manager at Smithfield Foods

    1995 - 1998 > Purchasing Agent at Craven Community College

    1985 - 1995 > Process Engineer at National Spinning Co, Inc.