After 12 hours into his first day as Guilford County Schools Superintendent, Maurice “Mo” Green still had a smile plastered across his face.
“It has been a wonderful day,” Green said Monday. “From the swearing-in ceremony this morning to visiting schools from all over the county … it's really been great to be able to interact with this community.”
It was the first day on the job in Guilford County for Green, who took the job in July after serving as deputy superintendent and chief operating officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Green was responsible for day-to-day operations of CMS, as top aide to Superintendent Peter Gorman.
On Monday, Green wrapped up the day at a welcoming reception at the expansive Grandover Resort in Greensboro. He informally spoke with a cross-section of the community, including business leaders, school board members and personnel, philanthropists, community advocates and members of the news media. Sponsored by the Guilford Education Alliance and GCS Board of Education, several hundred people attended the afternoon gala.
“I did not follow Mo around all day,” laughed Nancy Routh, at-large representative on the GCS Board of Education.
On hand for the afternoon reception, Routh said she spent the morning with Green, attending the 6:45 a.m. swearing-in ceremony at the school system's administrative office.
In between, Green traveled to four schools in the county and made stops to meet with employees at the GCS maintenance office.
Although he has yet to find a place to live — his wife and children remain in Charlotte preparing for the transition to Guilford County — Green said he is looking forward to settling down with his family in tow.
“This is hard not having them with me, but it is certainly the right move for us to make,” he said, adding the Greens made a Labor Day excursion to the county to peruse houses ranging.
“I have more experience with the Greensboro area, having clerked there in the early 90s, but we are wide-open as far as considering places to live,” he said.