The North Carolina Principal Fellows & Transforming Principal Preparation Commission

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program/Transforming Principal Preparation Program is administered by the North Carolina Principal Fellows/TP3 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 North Carolina Principal Fellows/TP3 Commission. The Commission is staffed and chaired by the Director of the NC Principal Fellows/TP3 Program. Rules to administer the NCPFP/TP3 are the responsibility of the Board of Directors for SEAA.

To view the committee membership for 2019-20, click here.

The NC Principal Fellows/TP3 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 NC Principal Fellows Program

From our Commission Members on the Importance of Principal Preparation

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program/Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) ensures principals understand the tremendous impact they have on student success and well being and that they MUST accept this responsibility.

Dr. Chris Godwin
Dr. Chris Godwin

"A program that provides a pathway to prepare leadership for our schools is essential for developing excellence in education. NCPFP/TP3 is an example to be emulated by other states."

Jim Roberts
Jim Roberts

“Where ever you find a great school, you will find a great leader. The Principal Fellows/TP3 program is creating a pipeline of extraordinary leaders who will inspire and retain exceptional teachers, driven for student success.”

Brenda Berg
Brenda Berg

“School based administrators have a profound effect on the culture of a school community. This, in turn, impacts students, parents, staff, and community stakeholders. It’s a linchpin position. Professional learning in a preparation program such as TP3/NCPFP is where the administrator becomes grounded in best practices and begins their leadership journey.”

Dr. Marcie Holland
Dr. Marcie Holland

"Having quality leadership is one of the keys for any school or organization. Preparing tomorrow's leaders through the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program/Transforming Principal Preparation Program ensures the continuation of the success, as well as schools being ready for the next steps needed in the future."

Dr. Melba Spooner
Dr. Melba Spooner

“Investing in principal leadership is the fastest, most effective way to improve our schools. In fact, if we want to get the most out of all the other investments in education, strong principal leadership must be an absolute priority.”

Dr. Shirley Prince
Dr. Shirley Prince