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Principal Fellows Commission

PFP is administered by the North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission in collaboration with the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA); both agencies are affiliated with the University of North Carolina, General Administration (UNC-GA). Selection criteria, the selection process, selection outreach efforts, renewal and continuation criteria and liaison with the educational community are the responsibilities of the Principal Fellows Commission. The Commission is staffed and chaired by the Director of the Principal Fellows Program. Rules to administer the PFP are the responsibility of the Board of Directors of SEAA.

The NC Principal Fellows Commission consists of:

  • One member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina
  • One member of the State Board of Education
  • Two deans of schools of education
  • One public school teacher
  • One public school principal
  • A local superintendent
  • One member to represent business and industry
  • One local school board member
  • One parent of a public school child
  • The chairperson of the State Education Assistance Authority
  • The director of the Principal Fellows Program

Principal Fellows Director

A native of NC, Dr. Price has been an educator in North Carolina’s public schools for twenty-five years. He served as an English and history teacher, has coached track and football, served as a public school administrator for thirteen years at both middle and high school levels, served as an Area Superintendent, a Chief Academic Office, and most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of Johnston County Public Schools.  He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his M.S.A. and Ed.D. from North Carolina State University.

He had earned numerous recognitions for his outstanding leadership including being awarded the Johnston County Administrator of the Year in 2007, the Johnston County Administrator of the Year in 2010, and the Johnston County Principal of the Year in 2013. Dr. Price has spoken at numerous national conferences regarding the work he has done on the turnaround process and the MTSS framework at the secondary level in public education.

While serving as principal at South Johnston High School, Dr. Price guided numerous changes in the culture of the school which improved behavioral and academic success. Under his leadership, the school’s four-year graduation rate increased 76% to to 95%; the office referrals decreased from approximately 1,400 to 500; and all three EOC proficiency cohorts improved. Most importantly, these changes were stimulated by initiatives that did not hamper teacher morale. The 2014 Teacher Working Conditions data showed tremendous growth in every area. Dr. Price attributes all positive change to relationship-building.  

Since 2015, he has served in various central office capacities for Johnston County Public Schools, identifying “principal coaching” as a passion. Under his leadership as Chief Academic Officer and Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Price has implemented changes in the way the district addresses students with disciplinary issues. Upon implementing a more tiered approach to deviant student behaviors during the 2017-2018 school year, Johnston County Public Schools reduced its long-term suspensions from 26 to 4. Additionally, Dr. Price has facilitated a paradigm shift in the area of curriculum and instruction. In the second year of the JoCo 2020 initiative, the system has moved toward personalized and competency based education using standards based teaching and learning.  

Dr. Price has been described by colleagues as a relationship-builder, an innovator and a change agent, an educational warrior, and a role model for other principals across the state.  He and his wife, Kathy, live in the Clayton, NC area with their children: Eli, Bailey, and Charley.

Campus Coordinators

Each university has a campus coordinator who provides leadership to each cohort of Principal Fellows on the campus. Campus coordinators provide mentoring, and coordinate a variety of experiences for the Fellows including enrichment activities such as seminars and workshops and site visits to school districts, businesses and educational organizations, and supervise the internship which occurs in the second year. The coordinator works closely with Fellows to ensure they have a successful experience in the program.



Mr. David Hosteler


Appalachian State University


Dr. Marjorie Ringler


East Carolina University


Dr. Paris Jones


Fayetteville State University


Dr. Ereka Williams


North Carolina A&T University


Dr. Agnes Dewitt


North Carolina Central University


Dr. Gregory Hicks


North Carolina State University


Dr. Martinette Horner


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dr. Debra Morris


University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Dr. Brian Clarida


University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Dr. William Sterrett


University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Dr. Heidi Von Dohlen


Western Carolina University