NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: FEBRUARY 3, 2010


Eight outstanding principals have been selected as regional Wachovia Principals of the Year and will now compete for the title of 2010 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2009 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year, Vann Pennell, principal of South Brunswick High School (Brunswick County Schools).

The regional principals of the year are as follows:

  • North Central Region: John Wall, North Garner Middle (Wake County Schools);
  • Northeast Region: Dianne Meiggs, Hertford Grammar (Perquimans County Schools);
  • Northwest Region: Todd Wirt, Mooresville Senior High (Mooresville Graded Schools);
  • Southeast Region: Julie Duclos, Murrayville Elementary (New Hanover County Schools);
  • Southwest Region: Kirby Oldham, G.E. Massey Elementary (Lincoln County Schools);
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Renee Jackson, Lake Rim Elementary (Cumberland County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Chris Blice, Northwood High (Chatham County Schools); and
  • West Region: Jan King, Glenn Marlow Elementary (Henderson County Schools).

"Congratulations to these eight regional Wachovia Principals of the Year who exemplify the outstanding school administrators we are so fortunate to have leading public schools across the state," State Superintendent June Atkinson said. "I can't thank the Wachovia Foundation enough for continuing to support this program and the state's efforts to recognize exemplary school administrators."

"At Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, one of our primary focus areas is supporting educational programs aimed at boosting student achievement. We know that principals and their effective leadership are paramount to the attainment of a high quality education," said Juan Austin, Wachovia's Carolinas Community Affairs Manager. "We praise this year's Regional Principals of the Year for the profound impact they have on our children's education but also on their future careers." In 2009, the Wachovia Foundation made grants totaling nearly $16 million "one-third of its total grants" to support education in the Carolinas. In addition, the Foundation contributed more than $400,000 to match Carolinas team members' personal contributions to schools as part of its education matching program.

A state selection committee will review the portfolios of the eight regional winners and visit each candidate's school campus. Results of these site visits, portfolio assessments and personal interviews will be used to determine the 2010 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year.

The recipient will be announced on April 1 in Raleigh at a state luncheon sponsored by Wachovia to honor the regional winners. The Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year will receive a $3,000 check for personal use and/or professional development and a $3,000 check for his or her school to purchase materials or other equipment. The winner also will serve a one-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education. The eight regional winners each will receive $1,000 for personal use and $1,000 for their schools.

Since the program began in 1984, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and The Wachovia Foundation have recognized 30 Wachovia Principals of the Year, 194 regional recipients, and 2,494 local recipients. In addition, The Wachovia Foundation has provided more than $1 million in cash awards to these individuals. In its 27th year, the program provides a unique opportunity to recognize outstanding principals from North Carolina public schools.

For more information, please contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.