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Top Guilford schools administrator set to leave for foundation
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Top Guilford schools administrator set to leave for foundation

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Nora Carr, chief of staff, Guilford County Schools

Nora Carr, chief of staff of Guilford County Schools, reads to children at Cone Elementary School in 2020.

GREENSBORO — Nora Carr, the long-time chief of staff for Guilford County Schools, has been hired as the new assistant director at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

The private, family foundation headquartered in Winston-Salem awards grants across the state with a mission to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

At Z. Smith Reynolds, Carr rejoins former Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green, who is the foundation’s executive director. Green, who joined the district as superintendent in 2008, left in 2016 to lead the nonprofit.

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“We are thrilled to have Nora join our team,” Green said in a news release. “Having worked closely with Nora both at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and at Guilford County Schools, I am confident that Nora will be a tremendous asset to the foundation.”

Carr’s first day will be Aug. 9.

In her 13 years as chief of staff with Guilford County Schools, Carr’s responsibilities have included leading the district’s strategic plan development and implementation and serving on the district’s executive team.

Carr is frequently called on to present and answer questions at school board meetings and, in many situations, serves as a right hand to or surrogate for the superintendent.

“We will miss her and are grateful for the 13 years she spent in service to the students and staff of Guilford County Schools,” Superintendent Sharon Contreras said in the release. “We know that her work will now have an even greater impact across the state of North Carolina.”

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