Special to The Greenup Beacon
A Greenup County principal recently began a year-long executive level leadership training course usually reserved for the nation’s top CEOs.
Anna Chaffin, Russell High School second year principal, was 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.
Chaffin’s participation is sponsored by donations from AEP and Marathon Petroleum.
Chaffin and 46 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 excited about the impact this training will have on my school, my students and my community," said Chaffin.
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 million has been spent on more than 200 principals from 65 Kentucky counties since the program began in 2011.
Chaffin is the fourth Greenup County principal to participate in the Institute since it began.
“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.”
Chaffin is beginning her second year as principal at Russell High School. She has served as assistant principal, guidance counselor, has been head girls’ basketball coach, along with time in the classroom as an instructor.
She is a 1984 graduate of Russell High School.