Durham Public Schools board member Minnie Forte-Brown was sworn in Wednesday, Nov. 15, as the president of the North Carolina School Boards Association at its annual conference in Greensboro. Forte-Brown has served on the NCSBA Board of Directors since 2010 and last year was the president-elect.
Forte-Brown, a member of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education since 2004, served as the chairperson from 2006 to 2012 and vice-chair from 2012 to 2015. She currently serves as co-chair of the board's Academic and Student Support Committee. Forte-Brown has also been an officer for the National School Boards Association and the Council of Urban Boards of Education. Additionally, she was appointed by former Governor Bev Perdue to the NC Council of the Status of Women and the Gang Advisory Task Force. She is also a co-founder of the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI).
A Durham native, Forte-Brown graduated from Hillside High School and holds a bachelor's degree in speech and English from Saint Augustine’s University and a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from North Carolina Central University. She worked as a communications specialist and master teacher in the Department of English and Mass Communications at North Carolina Central University before retiring.