NCLA Project Team
Bonnie C. Fusarelli, Ph.D.
Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli is a Professor of Educational Leadership at North Carolina State University and a NC State University Faculty Scholar. She earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in School Leadership from UT San Antonio and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.Dr. Fusarelli’s research focuses on educational leadership and policy, the politics of school improvement, educational equity, and organizational change, with a particular focus on state-level education reform and leadership development for rural schools (Nearly half of students in North Carolina and one-third of students nationally attend rural schools).To support her work, Dr. Fusarelli has received over $25 million in grant funding from a number of organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.She has authored or co-authored over 50 manuscripts which are published in various research journals including: Educational Policy, Journal of School Leadership, Leadership and Policy in Schools, Journal of School Public Relations, The International Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Public Administration and Management, Planning and Changing and the Peabody Journal of Education.
Dr. Fusarelli is the recipient of numerous teaching awards both at the K-12 and university level, including being an inductee into NC State’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers.
Her current work is primarily focused on her role as Principal Investigator and Director of the Northeast Leadership Academy, an initiative to prepare innovative school leaders for rural schools (go.ncsu.edu/nela2.0 and go.ncsu.edu/nela-dst).
Dr. Fusarelli can be reached at email@example.com
Lance Fusarelli, Ph.D.
Lesley Wirt, Ed.D.
Brenda Chamption, Ed.D.
Shirley Arrington, Ed.D.
She has had a number of leadership positions in North Carolina public schools. She has worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Edgecombe County School System, the Rocky Mount City School System and the Nash-Rocky Mount School System. She joined the Principals’ Executive Program, The University of North Carolina, in 1993 as an Assistant Director where she directed several leadership programs for school administrators including the Assistant Principals Executive Program, the Developing Future Leaders Program, the Higher School Performance Program, the Instructional Leadership for Reform Program, and the Leadership Conference for New Administrators. She was named Executive Director for the Model Teacher Education Consortium in 2006. Dr. Arrington retired on September 1, 2011 after over thirty-four years of service to public education in North Carolina.She has served as a professor at Gardner-Webb University, teaching in the Master’s of Elementary Education Program. She also works part time as a program assistant and facilitator for the North Carolina Principals’ and Assistant Principals Association. She serves on the board of The Prodigal Son Foundation and the Lincoln Community Hospital Foundation Board. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lacey Seaton, MSA
She can be reached at email@example.com.