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The Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will serve in an advisory capacity to the State Board of Education beginning with the July State Board meeting. The state principal is expected to attend and actively participate in state board meetings.

In addition, the Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will compete for the National Principal of the Year honors through the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA). In addition, NCPAPA sends one representative at the Elementary and Middle/High School to represent NC at the national level. These representatives are chosen from the regional finalist team.

The Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will also receive the following appointments during his or her tenure:

  • Board of Directors of the NC Public School Forum – The principal will serve a one-year term concurrent to the time served as the state principal of the year (September - August).
  • Numerous speaking engagements and committee service across North Carolina as invited and requested throughout the year.


  • Responsibilities of Regional Principals of the Year
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  • District winners receive a $150 cash award, certificate, and letter of appreciation with the submission of a portfolio and completion of interview.
  • Cash Award for personal/professional use.
  • State Vehicle for professional use.
  • Cash Award for educational material and supplies
  • A customized ring and pendant from sponsor Jostens, Inc.
  • Overnight stay from sponsor Hampton Inn & Suites.
  • Prize package to fight child hunger from sponsor NO Kid Hungry NC.
  • Professional Development Opportunity from sponsor Education First.