HIGH SCHOOLS: Foard principal next AD for Catawba County Schools

Published Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

Westmoreland to replace Lee Miller,

promoted to assistant superintendent




NEWTON — A veteran administrator will take on a key role in the Catawba County Schools in athletics on June 1.

Stephen Westmoreland, principal at Fred T. Foard High since 2015, has been named the school system’s next Director of High School Education and Athletics.


Westmoreland fills a position previously held by Lee Miller, a former coach and administrator at Bunker Hill (his alma mater).


Miller was promoted to assistant superintendent after DeAnna Finger, a former Bandys High athlete, retired after 32 years in  education. He begins his new position on Monday.

Westmoreland’s administrative tenures also include as assistant principal and athletic director at Bandys and he was principal in 2013 at Sherrills Ford Elementary.

He is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University — where he played football — and began a coaching career at Claremont Elementary and also coached football at Bunker Hill and Newton-Conover.

Westmoreland has a master’s degree in administration from Appalachian State.



NEWTON — Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover announced a new district appointment in late March. Mr. Stephen Westmoreland was named Director of High School Education and Athletics, effective June 1.

Westmoreland has served as Principal at Fred T. Foard High School since 2015.

Westmoreland graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lenoir-Rhyne University and played football for the Bears. He began his teaching career at Claremont Elementary and coached football at Bunker Hill and Newton Conover High Schools. Westmoreland received his Master’s in school administration from Appalachian State University. He began his administrative career at Bandys High School in 2011, serving as assistant principal and athletic director before being named principal of Sherrills Ford Elementary in 2013.

“I am fortunate to have worked in several amazing communities in Catawba County throughout my career, and Fred T. Foard has been home to my family for many years,” notes Westmoreland. “ I have built many l  lasting relationships in my tenure there and am forever grateful for the personal and professional support the Foard community has given me. Serving there for the past eight years has been a great honor.”

Westmoreland further states, “I am excited to further my career in Catawba County Schools as the High School and Athletic Director. As a product of CCS, I have great faith and pride in our system and our educators. It is my pleasure to be a part of the planning and support at the district level.”

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