ACTE Announces North Carolina CTE Director as National Award Finalist

October 5, 2019

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

ACTE Announces North Carolina CTE Director as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Christopher Bailey, Career and Technical Education Director for Onslow County Schools in Jacksonville, North Carolina, as the 2020 ACTE Region II Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes administrative career and technical education (CTE) professionals at the school, district, county, state or federal level in the 11 states and Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas, in Region II. The nominees from each state must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in ensuring teacher and student success and have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective CTE programs.

Chris Bailey is the Career & Technical Education Director for Onslow County Schools in southeastern North Carolina.  Beginning his career as an agricultural education teacher, Bailey has served as a CTE teacher, career development coordinator, elementary assistant principal, high school assistant principal and CTE Director.  Bailey served Craven County Schools for eight years as CTE Director and has recently returned to Onslow County Schools to lead CTE.  He was the recipient of the Dave Berryman Leadership Scholarship in 2016 and the NC Southeast Region CTE Director of the Year in 2015 and 2018.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University and a Masters of School Administration from East Carolina University.

Bailey is one of five finalists for the 2021 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Thursday, December 3, during ACTE’s Virtual CareerTech VISION 2020. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.