Ann Denlinger, a 40-year educator and schools administrator who serves as president of the Wake Education Partnership, has received Peace College’s 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award.
Denlinger, a native of Fuquay-Varina who lives in Raleigh, was presented the award on May 14 during a reception at the Governor’s Mansion that kicked off Peace College’s annual Alumnae Weekend festivities.
Denlinger, who received an associate’s degree from Peace College in 1964, served as superintendent of Durham Public Schools from 1997 to 2005. Previously, she served as superintendent of Wilson County Schools and has worked as an assistant superintendent, principal and teacher in the Wake County Public School System.
Denlinger holds both a master’s and a doctorate degree in educational administration from Campbell University.
Denlinger’s work in education has earned many awards and recognitions.
In 2000, she became the first woman to be named the N.C. Superintendent of the Year. In 2002, she received the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award from the Boston Teacher Leader Institute for her work in promoting literacy in the early grades. In 2003, Denlinger became the first schools superintendent to receive the Durham Chamber of Commerce Civic Honor Award, given to a Durham resident who has improved the community through leadership and service.
In 2006, she became the sixth recipient of the Jay Robinson Leadership Award, given by the Public School Forum of North Carolina in recognition of her commitment to helping all children achieve higher levels of performance.
In 2009, Denlinger was inducted into the Academy of Women by the Greater Triangle YWCA.
At Peace College, she serves on the Education Advisory Council, which advises the college’s teacher education program. She is also involved in numerous civic organizations.
At Wake Education Partnership she has worked to bring people together to raise the level of discussion regarding school issues.
Denlinger is married to Bob Denlinger. They have one son, Chris, who lives with his wife, Dawn, in Raleigh.