Alliance leader Arbuckle to retire

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 01:18 PM

Margaret Bourdeaux Arbuckle, executive director of the Guilford Education Alliance since 2005, will retire in June.
During her tenure, the nonprofit organization backed by educators and business leaders, has become a leading education advocacy organization by lobbying to keep education issues in the forefront of state and local budget discussions.
Through the urging of the Alliance and others, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners did not cut the county’s allocation for schools during the recession. The alliance operates independently of the county school district.
“Together we have addressed education needs too long neglected in terms of programs and facilities. We are seeing the benefits of our investments of strong community involvement through the achievements of our students and the success of Guilford County Schools,” Arbuckle said.
The Alliance has received national acclaim for its annual report, “Education Matters: Measuring School and Community Success,” and has published numerous reports on important education issues.
The Alliance also promotes DonorsChoose.org to provide materials and equipment not otherwise available to the students.
“During my career as a child advocate, my work with Guilford Education Alliance has been the most challenging and rewarding. It has been an honor to work with the organization’s strong board of directors, parents, business and community leaders in support of quality public education,” Arbuckle said.
The Alliance hosted the start of AchieveGuilford, an invitation to the non-profit and business community to invest in the well being of children from cradle to career.
“Margaret’s passion and commitment has inspired our community to make public education the highest priority and the entire community is grateful to her for her leadership in creating this strong organization committed to quality public education for every child,” said Nathan Duggins, chairman of the Alliance’s board of directors.
Arbuckle said she will continue to advocate for children and education.
“My husband and I are anticipating the next chapter of our lives pursuing other opportunities of community involvement, travel and study, and enjoying our children and our darling granddaughter,” Arbuckle said.
A search to find Arbuckle’s successor has begun and she could leave before June if a new director is named.

Alliance Programs

Education Summit: Keynote speakers have included nationally syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, national Teacher of the Year Ron Clark, and Jim Goodnight, president and founder of SAS, and most recently, Cynthia Marshall, the North Carolina president of AT&T.

Teacher Supply Warehouse: Where teachers may shop for free donated school supplies.

On Stage!:  The annual spring showcase of more than 400 performing arts students from Guilford County Schools. Four-time Grammy Award winner Anthony Dean Griffey and rock star Chris Daughtry have performed.

Education Leadership Academy:  For community leaders to deepen their understanding of complex education issues.

Principal for a Day:  Community leaders shadow a school principal to gain greater insight into the challenges and opportunities within the schools.

Information:  Contact the Guilford Education Alliance at 841-4332 or GEA@GuilfordEducationAlliance.org