Graduates of the 2012 Leadership Institute for School Principals with Gov. Steve Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson.

Much like the CEO of a business, a school principal is responsible for everything that happens in his or her building. But principals’ most important work is making sure students achieve at the highest possible levels – giving them the best foundation for success later in life. That means teachers and other team members in a school building must be focused on the same goal … and that requires strong leadership from the top.

Research has shown that effective leaders have a positive impact on student and school performance, but Kentucky’s principals have limited opportunities to receive the high-end training that is of such great value to leaders in the business community. That is why the Kentucky Chamber Foundation is moving its commitment to improving education to the next level with its plans for the Leadership Institute for School Principals – offering school leaders executive-level leadership training unmatched anywhere in the state.

The Leadership Institute for School Principals delivers cutting-edge training to help Kentucky principals:

  • Build a high-performance culture
  • Influence others to ensure student success
  • Explore how knowledge of individual strengths and developmental needs can produce positive outcomes for students, schools and communities
  • Practice new behaviors for positive results

Advisory Board

  • Superintendent Elaine Farris, Clark County Schools, Winchester – Institute Co-Chair
  • John Williams, Sr., Chairman, Computer Services Inc., Paducah – Institute Co-Chair
  • Dave Adkisson, President and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 
  • William Jones, Community Division Manager, U.S. Bank, Paducah
  • Deirdre Lyons, Cofounder, Alltech, Inc., Nicholasville
  • William Lear Jr., Chairman, Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC, Lexington
  • Elizabeth McCoy, President, Planters Bank, Hopkinsville
  • Michael Owsley, Partner, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP, Bowling Green
  • Mary Pat Regan, President, AT&T Kentucky, Louisville
  • Superintendent Tom Shelton, Fayette County Schools, Lexington
  • Stu Silberman, Executive Director, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
  • Superintendent Lu Young, Jessamine County Schools, Nicholasville
  • Keith Gannon, CEO, Boneal Inc., Mt. Sterling

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research. In the 2011 special report by the Financial Times, CCL was the only institution in the world to rank among the world’s Top 10 providers of executive education for the 10th consecutive year, completing a decade of excellence in this prestigious survey. CCL also stands out as the only non-business school in this year’s global Top 10 and the only institution among the Top 50 in the survey that specializes in leadership education and research.

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation has developed a strategic partnership with CCL, using its executive training expertise for school leaders. We call the Chamber/CCL partnership the Leadership Institute for School Principals.

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