NCASA | Present Day

  • By 2001, 100 school districts had joined the Association as unit members and helped bring NCASA's total membership to more than 4,800 individual administrators. By 2003, that number had increased to almost 5,500 school administrators statewide, with 105 of the 117 school districts joining the Association as unit members.

    Upon Jan Crotts' retirement in June 2003, the NCASA Board of Directors asked Katherine W. Joyce to serve as Interim Executive Director, while a search was conducted for the organization's new leader.  Katherine, who already was serving as NCASA's Director of Governmental Relations at the time, led the organization for six months and helped relocate NCASA's office to the Longview Center at 118 S. Person Street in downtown Raleigh.

    On January 1, 2004, Jim Causby took the helm as NCASA's new Executive Director, and for two years, he focused on building the organization's financial strength and its membership base. He implemented a new Corporate Membership structure. These members provide goods and services to public schools and receive assistance from NCASA in their marketing strategies with local school systems.

    Jim Causby also spearheaded an effort to reshape NCASA as a true umbrella organization, under 12 organizations representing different facets of NCASA's membership could come together and work on issues of mutual interest. As part of this unification process, the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals' Association became NCASA's new affiliate organization for school-based administrators and replaced the organization's former Principals' and Assistant Principals' Section, effective July 1, 2005. A new affiliate group, the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association, was organized at the same time.

    In December 2005, Jim Causby retired as NCASA's Executive Director to begin leading the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association as its first Executive Director in part-time capacity. Katherine W. Joyce was again named NCASA's Interim Executive Director for a six-month period that concluded June 30, 2006.

    On July 1, 2006, Bill McNeal, who retired as Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, took the helm of the Association as its new Executive Director. During his first year with the organization, the NCASA office relocated to its former location of 333 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1410, in downtown Raleigh. In June 2011, Bill McNeal retired as NCASA's Executive Director.

    From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013 Larry Price, retired Superintendent of Wilson County Schools, served as NCASA's Executive Director. Katherine W. Joyce was again named NCASA's Interim Executive Director, beginning July 1, 2013. Ms. Joyce, who currently serves as the NCASA Executive Director, was appointed to the position effective October 1, 2013. 

    In summary, NCASA has been fortunate over its 40-plus years history to have had strong elected leadership and to benefit from the wisdom, devotion and hard work of its staff. From the volunteer work of Edison Powers in 1976-77, the following people have led the Association on a day-to-day basis:

    • Alvin Hooks, part-time, ASU | 1977-1978  
    • Ray Sarbaugh | 1978-1989
    • Ossie Fields, six months | 1989-1990
    • Joe Bryson, part-time, UNC-G | 1990
    • Dudley Flood | 1991-1996
    • Jan Crotts | 1996-2003
    • Katherine W. Joyce, interim, six months | 2003
    • Jim Causby | 2004-2006
    • Katherine W. Joyce, interim, six months | 2006
    • Bill McNeal | 2006-2011
    • Larry Price | 2011-2013
    • Katherine W. Joyce | 2013 - present

    NCASA continues to be an organization of strength and speaks often and loudly with a voice of maturity, wisdom and stability that commands respect throughout the state. Today, NCASA’s financial condition is strong; 115 school districts have joined the organization as unit members, bringing NCASA’s total membership to more than 6,000 school administrators from across North Carolina.

    The Association’s officers, directors and membership have every reason to look to the future with enthusiasm and optimism. During Katherine Joyce's tenure, NCASA purchased a permanent physical location and relocated to 107 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Within blocks of the General Assembly, this new location offers conveniences that the association hopes our members will take advantage of -- including meeting space and available parking with access to the heart of downtown Raleigh. The first three decades have been but prologue to a future that should be filled with greatness and growth and service to the cause of public education in North Carolina and to its leaders and decision-makers. We look forward to continuing to serve our education community.


    Written by W.O. (Ossie) Fields, Jr. March 2006, with ongoing amendment from the NCASA team