- We believe all students can achieve and excel.
- We believe all students can be good citizens and contribute to their community.
- We believe that a vibrant regional economy and globally competitive business community require excellence in Pitt County Schools.
- We believe that the success of Pitt County Schools depends on the commitment of business, community and family.
- We believe that Pitt County Schools must have the very best teachers and principals.
- We believe that Pitt County Schools must effectively utilize state of the art technology.
In November of 1986, the Pitt County Educational Foundation was incorporated. A Board of Directors, composed of local business and civic leaders, was organized in July of 1987. Kenneth Dews was elected the first chairman. Thomas L. Edwards, Lawrence L. Seigler, H. L. Stephenson, III, and James F. Hopf have followed Mr. Dews as chairman. Also at that time, Betty Speir was employed as Executive Director. Frances Young assumed the role of Executive Director in 1991 when Ms. Speir retired from Pitt County Schools. Beth Ulffers (teacher of 22 years) assumed the role of Executive Director in August of 2020 when Ms. Young retired from Pitt County Schools.
At its inception, the goal of the new organization was to enhance the services provided by the community to Pitt County Schools. The initial effort of the group to raise funds proved to be successful and over $100,000 was pledged for an endowment and has since grown to over $1 million. In addition, each of the five (now six) attendance areas of Pitt County Schools raised funds to be distributed for mini-grants to teachers for classroom projects. Other projects which were implemented included a Teacher Executive Institute, an annual art competition, health scholarships and numerous monetary and scholastic awards. Large grants were received from the Perkins Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Belk, Inc., Margaret B. Harvey, Gay and Erskine Love Foundation and Lance Foundation to fund the initial endeavors of the Foundation.
With the direction and support of six superintendents, Dr. Edwin L. West, Jr., Dr. Emmett M. Floyd, Dr. Howard L. Sosne, Dr. Michael D. Priddy, Dr. Beverly R. Emory, and Dr. Ethan Lenker, the Foundation has experienced steady growth and provided services of value to teachers and students of Pitt County Schools.
Pitt County Educational Foundation By-laws
Board of Directors
Dr. Chris Locklear, Chairman
Mr. Van Smith, Vice Chairman
Dr. Shirley Carraway
Mr. Leo Corbin
Mr. Michael Cowin
Ms. Sarah Davenport
Ms. Betsy Flanagan
Mr. Jimmy Hite
Mr. Jim Hopf
Mr. Tom Kulikowski
Dr. Ethan Lenker
Mr. Emanuel McGirt
Ms. Barbara Owens
Mr. Freeman Paylor
Ms. Dawn Raiford
Mr. Bynum Satterwhite
Dr. James Smith
Mr. H.L Stephenson, III
Ms. Kate Teel
Ms. Frances Young
Debra Baggett, Treasurer
Beth Ulffers, Secretary
Dr. Chena Cayton, Principal of the Year
Mr. Darryl Thomas, Principal of the Year
Ms. Anissa Potter, Teacher of the Year
Areas of support:
Pitt County Educational Foundation
Beth Ulffers, Executive Director
1717 West 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27834