About the Superintendent
Dr. Jim Causby, a native of McDowell County, has an extensive and successful career in North Carolina’s public education system, including 30 years as superintendent in six districts. He is currently semi-retired and works as an education and marketing consultant. He has a wide range of experience from the classroom to the central office, starting out as a teacher and coach before moving up to principal and ultimately superintendent positions.
Causby, who led JCPS as superintendent from 1994-2004, has also seen success as a superintendent leading Swain County Schools for 11 years and Polk County Schools for five years. Additionally, he served as interim superintendent of Hickory City Schools in 2011.
From 2004 to 2013 Causby led two statewide organizations, serving as Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and the North Carolina School Superintendents Association (NCSSA). His exemplary service and leadership have often been recognized; he was named NC Superintendent of the Year three times and was named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine – North Carolina’s highest civilian award.
Causby has an impressive academic background as well. He completed his undergraduate degree and a master’s in elementary education at Western Carolina University. He obtained his education specialist degree from Appalachian State University in 1975 and his doctorate in education administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1988.
He and his wife, June, have been married for 51 years. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.