Director of Communications Named to State Leadership Position
May 18, 2020 – Wanda Edwards, Guilford County Schools’ director of communications, has been named to the board of the North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA), the state’s largest school public relations association. Edwards will assume her new role on June 1, 2020.
Edwards has more than 30 years of communications experience, including nearly five years as the Director of Communications for Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, the third largest district in the state. Since joining the district in 2015, Edwards has led communications efforts involving the search for and installment of a new superintendent, district reorganization, a tornado that destroyed three elementary schools, and a facilities study that indicates more than $2 billion in need.
Edwards has led outreach efforts to increase the district’s faith-based partnerships, and she single-handedly managed the Bikes for Kids program to deliver thousands of bicycles to elementary students at Title I schools. She leads a staff of five, including specialists in media relations, communications and volunteers/partnerships, as well as a two-person team that produces and distributes content for a 24-hour television station and YouTube channel.
“Wanda is an outstanding communicator and an essential part of the district’s communication and leadership teams,” says Nora Carr, chief of staff. “GCS is proud to have a representative of her caliber on the board of NCSPRA. We know she will be an asset to the board and to the school PR practitioners of North Carolina.”
NCSPRA, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, is a chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. The organization serves approximately 60 school districts and 120 members across the state.