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WILSON, N.C. — October 26, 2016 — Educators with Wilson County Schools (WCS) have a new opportunity to reach their professional goals. Barton College and WCS are pleased to announce a partnership between the College’s School of Education Master of School Administration Program and the School System’s Aspiring Administrators Program.

Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, and Dr. Lane Mills, superintendent of WCS, met on Monday, Oct. 24, to sign the Memorandum of Understanding agreement. Also in attendance were Eric Davis, chief operations officer for WCS, Dr. Jackie Ennis, dean of the School of Education at Barton College, and Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College.

Through the establishment of this agreement, WCS educators participating in the Aspiring Administrators Program, who meet the entrance criteria, will be able to pursue a Master of School Administration degree at Barton College at a discounted tuition rate. Upon completion of Barton’s MSA program, these WCS educators can be licensed through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a School Administrator.

“For the past three years, Wilson County Schools has been building the leadership capacity of its teachers through our Aspiring Administrators Program,” said Davis. “Our new partnership with Barton College is going to allow us to take it to the next level. We are thrilled that our aspiring administrators now have the opportunity to earn their MSA through Barton College at a discounted cost. Barton is a wonderful partner, and we are excited to work with them on this new initiative.”

“The Barton College Teacher Education Program is pleased to continue to build on our valuable partnership that exists with Wilson County Schools,” shared Dr. Ennis. “The teachers who participate in this program will benefit from the support that they will receive through both the Aspiring Administrators Program in Wilson County Schools and the strong Master of School Administration Program offered at Barton College. We look forward to our collaborative role in providing strong administrators who will serve Wilson County Schools effectively.”

WCS educators interested in the Aspiring Administrators Program should contact Eric Davis, chief operations officer for WCS at 252-399-8631 or For more information about Barton’s Master of School Administration Program, contact Dr. Jackie Ennis, dean of the School of Education at Barton College, at 252-399-6434 or

Pictured are: (seated from left to right) Dr. Searcy and Dr. Mills; and (standing from left to right) Mr. Davis, Dr. Ennis and Dr. Daynes.

Questions? Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations at Barton College, at 252-399-6529 or Amber Lynch, director of public relations for WCS, at 252-399-7712 or

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