Munn-Goins named Board of Education chair

Erin Smith Staff writer

December 25, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — Ophelia Munn-Goins has been named chairwoman of the Bladen County Board of Education for 2014 and Alan West was selected as vice-chair at the December board meeting.

When asked how she felt when it was announced she would be the new board chairperson, Munn-Goins said, “I’m excited.”

She said only a few years ago the tradition was that the vice-chairman did not transition to the chairman’s role. Munn-Goins, who was the vice-chairman for 2013, said this time that wasn’t the case.

Aside from her duties on the Board of Education, Munn-Goins, who currently resides in East Arcadia with her husband Donnell Goins and their two children Tyrus and Ashanti, is currently serving as the JROTC Army Instructor at East Columbus High School.

“My biggest goal is helping our students achieve the new standards set by DPI,” said Munn-Goins.

The new common core standards have been determined and set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the results of the first year of testing using the new standards has produced less than stellar results across the state, according to reports.

Munn-Goins said she would also like to see the graduation rate increased for Bladen County students. She added that she also wants to ensure that Bladen County’s students are successful when they enter college.

Munn-Goins is a retired lieutenant colonel, having served in the United States Army. She is originally from East Arcadia and graduated from East Bladen High School.

Munn-Goins earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Winston-Salem State University and she received her master’s degree in education from Boston University. She also earned her master’s of health information systems degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Munn-Goins is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the educational leadership program at Fayetteville State University.

According to the Bladen County Schools’ website, in 2002 Munn-Goins joined the faculty of Bladen Community College as an information systems instructor until 2007.