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Superintendent Putnam receives doctorate degree

posted Dec 12, 2016, 8:33 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

            Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam has received his Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) from Appalachian State University. Putnam successfully defended his dissertation “A Case Study on the Self-Perceptions of Novice Assistant Principals’ and Principals’ Leadership Abilities Based upon the North Carolina Standards for School Executives” on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Putnam said, “I consider myself a life-long learner, and have always been a big proponent of everyone, educators especially, bettering themselves by never stopping learning. When we as educators follow this philosophy, it is the students who ultimately win as they gain from our expanded knowledge base. I appreciate the staff at Appalachian State University and my cohort of fellow degree seekers for their support and encouragement. My dissertation was about further developing and supporting assistant principals and principals in their multi-faceted role of ultimately increasing student performance. I chose it because after 15 years of experience as a building-level principal, I realized a need, especially in a time where the job of the principal is forever changing and accountability is higher than any time in the history of the principal role.”

Earlier this month, Putnam was recognized as the 2017 Northwest Regional Education Service Alliance (NWRESA) Superintendent of the Year.

He has been superintendent of Burke County Public Schools since April 2012; prior to being named superintendent, he served as interim superintendent for seven months. Putnam has been in education for more than 20 years, and received his doctorate in education leadership from Appalachian State University on Wednesday. He has a master’s in school administration from Gardner-Webb University; an educational specialist degree from Appalachian State University; and a bachelor’s of science degree in business education and a business administration degree with a concentration in management from Appalachian State University. Putnam started his career in education as a teacher at Freedom High School, his alma mater, and he held principalships at Broughton Hospital’s Enola School, Draughn High School and W.A. Young and Chesterfield elementary schools. His past work experiences include employment with Drexel Heritage and the Department of Corrections. Putnam’s community involvement includes Burke County United Way, Community Child Protection and Child Fatality Prevention Team, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Homeland Security Task Force, Sports Medicine Advisory Council-Carolinas Health Care-Blue Ridge, BDI Board of Directors, Morganton Rotary, a local affirmation group of community leaders and past board member of the Strategic Alliance for Burke Youth (SABY).