Dr. Jeffery James, Superintendent
After 22 years in the private sector, Dr. Jeff James began his educational career with Iredell-Statesville Schools in 2002 as a special education teacher at Statesville High School and later becoming a business technology instructor at Lake Norman High School. Dr. James became a school administrator first by serving as an assistant principal at South Iredell High School and then as the principal at Troutman Middle School.
Dr. James assumed the role of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction/Federal Programs/Grants/NC Pre-K for Montgomery County Schools in 2013. In Montgomery County, he led highly effective teams in a county with 75 percent poverty, and increased the district graduation rate from 77.9% to 89.5% from 2010 to 2017.
In 2018, Dr. James served as the Superintendent of Stanly County Schools. He took the school district from a negative $800,000 in fund balance to $1.2 million in fund balance in 4 months through the implementation of a fiscal crisis plan. With his departure from Stanly County, he left the district with $1.4 million in fund balance.
Dr. Jeff James returned to Iredell-Statesville Schools as superintendent on July 1, 2020. He is an Iredell County native and graduate of West Iredell High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also holds a Master of School Administration from Gardner-Webb University and a Doctorate in Education Leadership and Cultural Foundations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. James resides in Iredell County with his wife Tammy. They have one daughter, Crystal.