Turbyfill Accepts New Leadership Position

November 18, 2016



Communities in Schools of Rowan County has hired a new Executive Director. Dr. Ron Turbyfill, former board chair for the organization's board of directors, has been selected to lead the Rowan nonprofit organization. Turbyfill, a retired principal of Hanford-Dole Elementary, has worked with Communities in Schools of Rowan for eight years as a member of its board of directors and he has served as board chair for five of those years.


CIS is a student support and dropout prevention organization that serves seven Rowan County schools. CIS utilizes community volunteers who serve as mentors, tutors and lunch buddies to surround students with a community of support that encourages them to stay in school and succeed in life. Student support specialists are assigned to serve students at the schools to address specific student needs in areas of attendance, behavior, coursework and parental participation. Schools served by CIS Rowan include: Koontz, Overton, Isenberg, Hanford Dole and North Rowan elementaries and Knox and North Rowan middle schools.


Turbyfill holds degrees in music education from East Carolina University and UNC Greensboro. He earned a doctorate of philosophy in curriculum and teaching: cultural studies in 1997 from UNC Greensboro. He began his career in 1979 as band and chorus director at West Rowan High School, where he spent fifteen years. He went on to serve as principal at Sedgefield Elementary School in Guilford County, Southeast Middle, South Rowan High and Hanford Dole Elementary Schools in Rowan County.


Turbyfill lives in Landis with his wife Kim Lee Turbyfill, also a retired educator. They have two grown sons, both graduates of Rowan County high schools.