Phone: 704 262-6123
Degrees and Certifications:
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Ed.D. Educational Leadership University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Masters of School Administration University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Masters of English University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. English Education
Dr. Chris Lowder was named interim superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools on March 19, 2015. His first day on the job was April 1st.
Dr. Lowder is no stranger to Cabarrus County Schools. He has been a part of the CCS Family for more than 20 years, beginning his career with the district as an English teacher at Central Cabarrus High School in 1992.
Throughout his tenure, he has served as an assistant principal, principal and director of high school curriculum. Under his leadership, the district’s graduation rate climbed to new heights and consistently outpaces the state and national averages.
In his more recent roles, including executive director, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent, Dr. Lowder effectively led the district’s administrative services department where he was responsible for supervising and supporting principals, as well as managing the transportation department and serving as the district’s liaison with local law enforcement.
Dr. Lowder is a native of Cabarrus County. He attended Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools and is a graduate of A.L. Brown High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and two master’s degrees – one in school administration and another in English – as well as a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
A devoted husband and father, Dr. Lowder has been married to his wife Stephanie for 22 years. They have two daughters – Hayley and Maggie – who attend Jay M. Robinson High and Weddington Hills Elementary Schools respectively. Dr. Lowder and his family reside in Cabarrus County.
About his selection as interim superintendent Dr. Lowder said, “I’d like to thank the Board of Education for the opportunity to lead a school system that means so much to me. Cabarrus County Schools is a great school system filled with great students, teachers, staff and parents; I am looking forward to continuing our tradition of excellence.”