Michael D. Priddy, Ed.D.
Interim Executive Director
Dr. Michael D. Priddy currently serves as Interim Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Prior to this role, Dr. Priddy was the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public School Forum, having served on this Board since 2002.
Dr. Priddy’s 36-year career in education began as a high school math and social studies teacher in Northampton County and culminated as Superintendent of Pitt County Schools in Greenville, NC. During those years, Priddy served in just about every capacity of leadership in North Carolina school systems, having spent a large portion of his career in Guilford County. Even after retirement, Priddy served as interim superintendent in two rural North Carolina systems while they searched for permanent superintendents. Dr. Priddy is a three-time graduate from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, having earned his doctorate in education in 1981. His Curriculum Vita lists more than 40 publications, reports and national presentations. In addition to serving as interim Executive Director for the Forum, Dr. Priddy also serves as an Educational Consultant for 21 st Century Leadership, LLC.
Dr. Priddy has long had a passion for the health and welfare of North Carolina’s children. His volunteer service in communities included Big Brothers/Big Sisters of High Point, Boy Scouts of America – Old North State Council, Communities in Schools of Pitt County, Eastern NC Regional Science Center (Go- Science), and several United Ways. Most recently, he has pursued training and leadership through the TRP program (Totally Responsible Person) with a focus on middle school youth.
In addition to these community roles, Dr. Priddy has built successful partnerships with business communities through chambers of commerce as well as faith and minority communities. In 2003, he was a leader in the creation of North Carolina’s first Business-Education Compact in partnership with the Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Priddy’s keen understanding of workforce development needs led to his partnering with Pitt County Memorial Hospital/University Health Systems (now Vidant), Pitt Community College, East Carolina University and the Brody School of Medicine, Eastern AHEC, and the Chamber of Commerce to create the “Health Sciences Academy” in Pitt County. The program annually serves over 1,000 students in the county’s six high schools.
Dr. Priddy has been recognized for his work in North Carolina education, including the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2005 and, most recently, the Old North State Award awarded to him by Governor Roy Cooper in 2018. He was Healthy Schools Superintendent of the Year in 2005 and received the Outstanding Educator Award from the North Carolina PTA in 2003. He was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame at East Carolina University in 2002. In 2003 and 2005, respectively, he received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to Humanity from the Pitt County Black Ministerial Conference and the NAACP Community Service Award.
Mike is married to Susanne D. Priddy, a 2016 graduate of the Duke Divinity School. He and his wife are blessed with three families with eight grandchildren spread across North Carolina.