NC Rep. Donny Lambeth Named NCASA 2024 Champion For Children


Wilmington State Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth) was awarded the 2024 Champion for Children Award during the NC Association of School Administrators’ (NCASA) 2024 Conference on Educational Leadership. The award, given annually to an individual demonstrating leadership in supporting and enhancing public education, recognizes Rep. Lambeth’s more than two decades of advocacy on behalf of public schools in key roles such as member and Chair of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, Senior Chair of the NC House Appropriations Committee, and active member of the NC House K-12 Education Committee.

Throughout his political career, Rep. Lambeth has prioritized key issues for public schools, including but not limited to local district flexibility, student mental health support, and educator recruitment and retention. Most recently, his leadership during 2023 state budget negotiations helped secure additional funding for bus drivers to alleviate critical staffing shortages, enhanced school construction funding through state lottery proceeds, and increased state support for student safety and school health personnel. In addition, his public call for adequate accountability and transparency measures for the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, as it was being expanded in 2023, is a common-sense approach that NCASA applauds and hopes other legislators will pursue.

“Rep. Lambeth has been a long-time supporter of strong public schools, working tirelessly at the local and state levels to address specific needs for recruiting and retaining key personnel, providing compensation increases to school staff, and focusing on the health and safety needs of students,” said Katherine Joyce, NCASA’s Executive Director. “These past and ongoing efforts to ensure public schools have greatly-needed state resources, and his willingness to work with school administrators across the state, make him a true Champion for Children and deserving of this prestigious award.”

In addition to his efforts to uplift public schools, Rep. Lambeth has served as Chair of the House Health Committee, Healthcare Reform Committee, Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid Reform & Health Choice, and Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health & Human Services. In these roles, he has leveraged his 40 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry to effect positive legislative changes in health care for North Carolinians. Most notably, he was instrumental in bipartisan efforts spanning several years to expand Medicaid in North Carolina, resulting in enhanced health coverage options for thousands of adults and children statewide.

While Rep. Lambeth was unable to attend the recent NCASA awards ceremony due to another commitment recognizing his efforts in expanding Medicaid, he thanked NCASA for the prestigious honor, which has been awarded in the past to other influential lawmakers, Governors, and education leaders. As a lifelong resident of Forsyth County, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from nearby High Point University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University. He continues to live in Forsyth County with his wife Pam, a former teacher in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and together they have four grown daughters, all of whom attended public schools in Forsyth County, as well as seven grandchildren.

About NCASA: The NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) serves more than 7,000 school leaders from across the state and was established in 1976 with a mission of ensuring student success through visionary leadership.

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