Superintendent, Donald Phipps Ed.D.

  • Dr. Donald Phipps, Superintendent Dr. Don Phipps joined the Caldwell County Schools as superintendent in July 2018. Prior to that, he served the Beaufort County Schools as superintendent for nearly nine years. Dr. Phipps’ 25-year career has been entirely in education. He has been a school psychologist, non-profit director of research and development, university professor and department chair, assistant principal, principal, executive director and superintendent.

    He has earned the following degrees: Bachelor’s degree from Methodist College (now Methodist University) in Psychology and Management Psychology; Master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Study from Appalachian State University in School Psychology; Education Doctorate from Appalachian State University in Education Leadership; and a Master’s of Education from UNC-Charlotte in Instructional Systems Technology.

    Dr. Phipps is actively involved in public education locally and across the state. He has been a presenter to the NC General Assembly, State Board of Education, and at various professional conferences across the state. He also serves on several local and state-level committees and boards. He has served as the President of the Northeast North Carolina Superintendents RESA and is currently the Chair of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Testing Compliance Commission. He was named Region 1 Superintendent of the Year in 2015 and Pfeiffer University Professor of the Year in 2001.

    Dr. Phipps is married to Nancy and they have four children and one grandchild.


  • Caldwell County Schools Mission:  To provide quality instruction in a safe, caring environment.

    Caldwell County Schools Vision:  Every student will graduate from high school, be globally competitive for work or postsecondary education, and be prepared for life in the 21st century.