Every few months the NC Principal Fellows Program will issue newsletters with information about the professional learning taking place, upcoming Commission meetings, and general updates that impact principal preparation across the state.  All past issues can be found using the button below.


News & Announcements

May 19, 2022

The NCPFP Class 27 completed their graduate coursework this Spring and we enjoyed celebrating their accomplishments.

Celebration Program and Presentation

June 22, 2021

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina System announces that six System institutions are the recipients of recurring grants from the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program (NCPFP).

Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Western Carolina University will receive principal preparation grants for up to $750,000 per year for the next six years, starting in 2022.  These institutions will join North Carolina Central University/Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance and University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which received grant funds for the 2020-2026 grant cycle.

In 2015, the North Carolina General Assembly established this competitive grant program to elevate educators in North Carolina public schools by transforming the preparation of principals across the State. The goal of the program is to provide funds for the preparation and support of highly effective school principals in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program is currently producing approximately 40% of the state’s educational leadership demand.

“These annual reoccurring grants will be vital for our universities to help train exceptional candidates to one day become school principals,” said Dr. Andrew Kelly, UNC System Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy. “The UNC System is proud to partner with NCPFP and would like to thank them for their continued support of education leadership training throughout the System.”

The Hunt Institute

Over the past year, the Hunt-Lee Commission has engaged in  comprehensive conversations around key education opportunities with leaders from across the field of education, as well as representatives from the business and philanthropic communities.  Over the course of four meetings, the group took a close look at long-standing challenges in education and identified innovative solutions.

Among the many challenges and recommendations articulated in the report, the Commission acknowledged the need to grow the school leader pipeline. Understanding the critical role principals play with respect to culture, instruction, and teacher retention, it makes sense to invest in the development of high-quality school leaders.

The report highlights the NC Principal Fellows Program (traditional model) as a program showing success.  Their recommendation to expand the program is spot on!  With the recent merger of NCPFP and TP3 (Transforming Principal Preparation Program), we have doubled the size of our graduating cohorts.  The NC General Assembly recently included additional funds in legislation for the purpose of further expansion, specifically adding "odd year" graduates to help balance the supply and demand needs of our state.

To read the full report, click the button below.