Two Perry County principals are set to begin a year-long executive level leadership training course usually reserved for the nation’s top CEOs. The principals were selected in April to participate in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals by an advisory board made up of business leaders and school superintendents. The principals are:
* Kevin Combs, Hazard Middle School.
* Tim Wooton, Buckhorn School.
These and numerous other selected principals began attending classes this summer at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., a top-ranked global provider of executive education founded in 1970 that established an education and nonprofit section in 1988. The principals will also attend follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.
“I am honored to have been selected to be a member of the Leadership Institute for School Principals,” said Combs. “My goal is to improve on the skills necessary to make Hazard Middle School a positive environment for the community, staff and students.”
Elementary, middle and high school principals from across Kentucky representing both public and private schools applied for the institute, which is supported by generous donations from businesses across the state. So far, more than $2.5 million has been spent on nearly 300 principals from 68 Kentucky counties since the program began in 2011.
“We are proud of the fact that Kentucky is the only state in which the business community has made this kind of investment in its principals,” said Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson. “Employers understand the positive impact of strong leadership in the workplace, and the same is true of schools. That’s why we think it is important Kentucky principals be given executive-level training similar to that provided for corporate leaders.”