George Fox alumna named top principal in country

Cathy Carnahan is presented her award by NASSP president-elect Ken Griffith (left) and MetLife regional managing director Randy Hall.An former student in the university's School of Education has earned the distinction of being named the nation's top middle school principal.

Cathy Carnahan, a principal at Duniway Middle School in McMinnville, Ore., who completed George Fox's initial administrative licensure program in 2000, was selected for the MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level Principal of the Year honor among a group of more than 50 candidates representing every state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense. She was presented the award in September by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The association narrowed the list to three finalists before selecting Carnahan for the award, which recognizes those principals who provide high-quality learning opportunities. The recognition comes with a $5,000 grant to promote learning opportunities for her students.

Carnahan, the first Oregon educator to win the award since 2003, will receive it Oct. 1 at the State and National Principal Institute and Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C.

George Fox will honor Carnahan with an open house reception from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Villa Academic Complex's Room 117. The event is scheduled ahead of the School of Education's consortium meeting.

The Statesman Journal newspaper of Salem, Ore., published a story about Carnahan. Read it by clicking this link. To read more about Carnahan, visit the NASSP site.