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Michelle Burgess

The Vance County Public School Foundation has named Michele Burgess as its new part-time executive director. Burgess will fill the position left vacant by the retirement of George Fowler, who served in that role for seven years.

The Vance County Public School Foundation has named Michele Burgess as its new part-time executive director. Burgess will fill the position left vacant by the retirement of George Fowler, who served in that role for seven years.

“Our board is very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Archie Taylor, the nonprofit’s chairman. “Michele will bring leadership and creativity to the Foundation’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our Vance County public schools. She is a former member of the foundation board as well as many local county nonprofit boards where she has held leadership positions.”

Burgess served as executive director of the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce in the late 1980s when work was begun to establish the Vance County Public Foundation established. Burgess was elected to the Vance County Board of Education in 2001 and served a four-year term. She has volunteered in leadership positions with PTA organizations at Aycock Elementary School, Henderson Middle School and Southern Vance High School. Burgess is a graduate of Peace College and Appalachian State University. In addition to her position with the foundation, she is also a stylist for Stella & Dot, a West Coast-based women’s accessories company.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the Vance County Public School Foundation in this new capacity,” Burgess said. “I am passionate about supporting my community and am dedicated to working for public education improvements in Vance County. I see the public school foundation as being a catalyst to enriching and stimulating student learning by supporting public school programs and recognizing excellence. Our students are our future leaders here, and the foundation can play a key role in recruiting community and business partnerships to assist in building up our public schools.”

Programs supported by the foundation include the Teacher Executive Institute, the Vance County School of Excellence for rising 10th-graders, and support in the classroom in the form of grants. Funding for the organization comes from business and community contributions and fundraisers held annually.