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NSBA mourns the loss of former North Carolina school boards leader

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is mourning the loss of former North Carolina School Boards Association’s (NCSBA) Executive Director, Gene Causby, who passed away on Nov. 2. He served as NCSBA’s Executive Director from 1980-1994.

Causby received a BA from Catawba College, and a Master’s degree from East Carolina University; he also received an honorary EdD from Catawba College. He began his career teaching and coaching at Boyden High School in Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1957. He taught and was head football coach at Goldsboro High School, was principal of Goldsboro Junior High School, and administrative assistant of Goldsboro City Schools from 1967-69. Causby joined the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an associate director in the Division of Human Relations in 1969. He became the executive director of the NCSBA in 1980 and retired from NCSBA in 1994. After retiring from NCSBA, Causby served as a lobbyist for groups such as the North Carolina School Counselors Association, the North Carolina Drivers Training and Safety Education Association, the School NutritionAssociations of North Carolina, and for Visiting International Faculty.

Causby won many awards over the course of his career, but was most proud to receive the Jay Robinson Leadership Award for exemplary leadership for outstanding contributions to statewide public K-12 education in 2013.

An obituary on the NCSBA website relates that Causby could make any situation better through his humor and positive outlook on life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mr. Causby’s church, Baptist Center Church in Clayton, North Carolina,or to a scholarship fund in his name at Catawba College.

Online condolences to the Causby family can be posted on an online memorial tribute

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