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News and Record Features New Say Yes Guilford CEO

GREENSBORO Say Yes Guilford has named nonprofit leader Wendy Poteat as its new chief executive officer.

Poteat most recently led The Forsyth Promise, an organization trying to rally the Forsyth County community and its various stakeholders to increase local students’ attainment of educational milestones. Those include childhood literacy, third-grade reading proficiency, eighth-grade math proficiency, high school graduation and ACT test proficiency, college enrollment and college graduation.

After living in Guilford County and working in Forsyth, Poteat said she’s ready for a change of focus. She has three sons, two of whom are Guilford County Schools graduates and one of whom is a rising high school freshman.

“I was interested in getting back to the community I live in and trying to make some impacts,” she said in an interview with the News & Record Tuesday.

Poteat has also previously worked for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and Greensboro Partnership. She has a bachelor’s degree from Guilford College, which she attended after first studying at N.C. A&T for three years.

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