NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: MAY 4, 2011


Cuthbertson High School Principal Rob Jackson tonight was named the 2011 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year during a dinner ceremony held in Cary. The Union County Schools' principal succeeds Glenn Marlow Elementary School (Henderson County Schools) Principal Jan King.

"The Wells Fargo Foundation has supported North Carolina's Principal of the Year Program for more than 25 years now, and we are proud to demonstrate our commitment to education by continuing our support this year," said Stan Kelly, Carolinas Community Bank Regional President for Wells Fargo. "As we move forward in our integration, we remain a leader in promoting the long-term prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. This program allows us to honor exceptional administrators, like Rob Jackson, for the important work they do to prepare young people for successful futures."

State Superintendent June Atkinson commended Jackson on his selection saying, "I'm continually impressed by the instructional leaders in our public schools. Rob exemplifies what it takes to be a great leader: dedication to his staff's success, genuine interest in each student, faithfulness to community involvement, and a driving commitment to academic achievement."

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison also congratulated Jackson and thanked Wells Fargo for its faithful program sponsorship, which has enabled the state to recognize exemplary administrators. "Rob understands the importance of graduating students career and college ready in a global economy. Through Cuthbertson High's rigorous academics and interactive technology, he works to empower students to be leaders and conduits to change in a global community," Harrison said. He added that he looks forward to working with Jackson as an advisor to the State Board of Education.

Jackson attributes the academic success Cuthbertson High has achieved to his firm belief that students are both valued and valuable. "One of my greatest joys to date has been the graduation of three of my juniors last year who were told by their former schools' principals that they were too far behind to graduate with their peers," Jackson said. "These students didn't give up, and their teachers didn't give up. Through a lot of hard work by all, they were able to graduate on time. Students are worthy of our very best."

Jackson received an Associate of Arts degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in 1993, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Carolina University in 1995, a Master's of School Administration from Western Carolina University in 2000, and is expecting to earn a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University this July. During his career, he has served in the Navy, as a SIMS secretary, a classroom teacher, an assistant principal and now principal. He has participated in a number of programs that benefit his profession including the Leadership Program for New Principals, Principals as Technology Leaders, School Administrators as Instructional Leaders, Leadership Program for Experienced Principals, Facilitative Leadership and Total Quality Education.

During the summer of 2008, Jackson attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill World View Global Leaders Institute. Upon graduation, he was asked by his superintendent to co-chair the Union County Public Schools' Globalization Committee to promote and recognize global education in all district schools. Globalization is one of the focuses at Cuthbertson High so that students will graduate with the skills needed to collaborate and work with others from around the world, compete with peers globally for the best jobs, and be able to use the latest technology to accomplish any task. Cuthbertson High was selected by the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for International Understanding as a North Carolina in the World Global Partner School and was awarded a Danish School Partnership.

Jackson was selected from among eight regional finalists following interviews and on-site visits by a statewide selection committee. The other regional finalists were:

  • North Central Region: Elizabeth Shearer, City of Medicine Academy (Durham Public Schools);
  • Northeast Region: Diane Newbern, Currituck County High (Currituck County Schools);
  • Northwest Region: Sandy George, Mount Airy High (Mount Airy City Schools);
  • Southeast Region: Lisa Tart, Grantham School (Wayne County Schools);
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Cory Satterfield, Richmond Senior High (Richmond County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Anna Brady, Grimsley High (Guilford County Schools); and
  • West Region: Marcia Perry, Haw Creek Elementary (Buncombe County Schools).

Each regional finalist received $1,000 for their school and $1,000 for personal use.

Jackson will receive an additional $3,000 for his school and $3,000 for personal use. Thanks to EF Education First, a privately-held company that offers a range of education programs from language training, educational travel and academic degrees to cultural exchanges, Jackson will be the first North Carolina Principal of the Year to receive a scholarship for a 10-day educational tour of China. He also will be appointed to the State Superintendent's Principals' Advisory Committee, serve a one-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education, serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors for the NC Public School Forum, and will chair the 2012 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Selection Committee.

The Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year program is sponsored in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In its 27th year, the program provides a unique opportunity to recognize outstanding principals from North Carolina public schools.

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.