Maurice “Mo” Green has served as superintendent of Guilford County schools since 2008. Green came to school administration via a non-traditional path. Prior to coming to Guilford County, he held several positions with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He joined the district in 2001 as its general counsel, and in 2006, he was named chief operating officer. Upon his departure, he held the additional title of deputy superintendent. His duties included running the day-to-day operations of the district, which boasted 135,000 students, nearly 18,000 employees and a $1.17 billion budget.
In December of 2012, Guilford County schools was named a winner of the federal Race to the Top-District grant, a $30 million grant that will go toward the district’s personalized achievement, curriculum and environment (PACE) project. Thanks to the grant, the PACE project will launch in the district’s middle schools, and the first phase will begin in the fall of 2013. By involving nearly 17,000 students, almost 1,400 faculty and all 24 middle schools, the initiative will truly set the pace for 21st century learning across the system. Another $5.2 million will fund supporting projects, including the district's African-American male Initiative, an online middle school program and Guilford Parent Academy.
Green holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics and a law degree, both from Duke University. Upon graduating from law school, his first job was a prestigious clerkship in the chambers of Federal District Court Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. in Greensboro. The following year, he held another prominent clerkship in the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati with Federal Circuit Court Judge Nathaniel R. Jones. After completing his clerkship, Green joined the law firm of Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore LLP. He worked his way up to partner after six years before joining CMS in 2001.