Hall of Honor Inductee, 2004
Dr. Linda Morrison Combs
June 28, 1946 -
Picture of Dr. Linda Morrison CombsA native of Caldwell County, Dr. Linda Morrison Combs graduated from Hudson High School in 1964.  Attending Gardner-Webb Junior College and Appalachian State University, Combs received a BS in Elementary Education in 1968 and a MA in Reading Education in 1978.  Furthering her studies, Combs received a doctorate from VPI and State University in 1985.  Dr. Combs has served three United States Presidents and the Governor of North Carolina with distinction in the field of management.  Dr. Combs has served in three Senate confirmed management appointments:  Chief Financial Officer of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; Assistant Secretary for Management at the U. S. Department of the Treasury; and Deputy Under Secretary for Management at the U. S. Department of Education.  Dr. Combs also held the chief management position at the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is currently President Bush's nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Budget, Programs, and Chief Financial Officer at the U. S. Department of Transportation. The budget of the Department of Transportation is over fifty-seven billion dollars. 

Earlier in her career, Dr. Combs served in numerous instructional and administrative positions in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.  She also was Manager of National Direct Student Loans for Wachovia Corporation, during which time she served as an elected member of the Board of Education of Forsyth County. Additionally, she has been an entrepreneur, author,  consultant, and philanthropist.  
Dr. Combs received the highest honors and awards given in each of the Federal Departments where she served, and she has received numerous other awards for her professional and public service.  An example for all in Caldwell County, Dr. Combs believes that public service is a public trust and that we are all endowed with special gifts to be used for the betterment of our community, our country, and our fellow citizens.


•  Dr. Christopher Beard   •  Rooster Bush   •  Dr. Linda Morrison Combs   • 
Joseph Robinson   •  Lelia Judson Tuttle   •  Dr. Roger Witherspoon