WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former state education superintendent Craig Phillips died this morning in Wilmington. He was 88.
Dr. Phillips was state superintendent from 1968-1988.
Dr. Phillips’s granddaughter Stacey Webb said her grandfather retired to Wilmington after his time in office. She said he had been battling Parkinson’s Disease and died in hospice.
His funeral is set for Saturday at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilmington. The visitation starts at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 2 p.m.
Each year the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) co-sponsor the A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Award, named in Dr. Phillips’s honor.