Victor Dove, left, takes the oath of office.

New board member is sworn in during special ceremony

New Bern mortician Victor Dove was sworn in to replace Beatrice Riggs Smith on the a raven County school board on Thursday.

Smith was selected by the Craven County Board of Commissioners to fill the District 3 seat held by the late Johnnie Sampson, Jr., who died of COVID-19-related pneumonia on Nov. 5, 2020.

Smith, who was the first black female to hold a principalship in the integrated Craven County Schools system, is the first black female Craven County Commissioner. Smith was selected at the Dec. 14, 2020 Board of Commissioners work session and was sworn in at the regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

Dove was sworn in during a special called Board of Education Meeting. Jamie Long, Assistant Clerk of the Court, performed the Oath of Office Ceremony for newly selected Board of Education member representing District 4.

Dove was born and raised in New Bern and attended St. Paul Catholic School until the eighth grade. Upon graduation, he entered the Craven County School System and was a member of the final class that graduated from New Bern Senior High School in 1991, currently Grover C. Fields Middle School. After graduation, Dove attended North Carolina Central University transferred to University of The District of Columbia and completed his studies at Fayetteville Technical Institute where he obtained a degree in Funeral Service. He is a local funeral service licensee and has served the area for over 30 years in the funeral service industry.

He is married and has a daughter who also graduated from New Bern High School.

Dove has always had a passion for children and has been a major influence in the lives of several students. His desire to give back led him to begin a nonprofit that assisted student-athletes and provided the necessary tools and information needed to properly position themselves to be offered athletic scholarships.

Dove said his purpose as a member of the Craven County Board of Education is to continue the legacy of the Board while he will assure transparency, open channels of communication, fairness and inclusion for all the students and parents in his district as the Board collectively aims to support, build up and continue to shape Craven County into a model of educational greatness.

Frances Boomer, Board of Education Chairman, said, “Mr. Dove will be a wonderful asset to the Board of Education. His servant heart, passion to help students learn, and doing what is best for our staff will be evident in his service. We look forward to welcoming him as a valued member of our Board of Education.”

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