NCLA Project Team
Bonnie C. Fusarelli, Ph.D.
Bonnie C. Fusarelli, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis at NC State University and a 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. In addition to her two books, she has authored over 60 articles published in various research journals. To support her work, Dr. Fusarelli has received over $25 million in grant funding from various organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
She past President of the Politics of Education Association and has been ranked in Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, which is a national ranking of scholars who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K-12 and higher education. Dr. Fusarelli serves on several advisory boards, including those for the educational leadership programs at Southern Methodist University and The University of Illinois, Chicago.
Dr. Fusarelli is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at both the K-12 and university level, including being an inductee into NC State’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers.
Dr. Fusarelli is Program Coordinator for NC State’s Educational Leadership & Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis programs and is the Director of NC State’s Leadership Academies, which are nationally recognized as innovative and effective at preparing school leaders for high-need schools. Please see: https://nela.ced.ncsu.edu/
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.