The Principals Center at Georgia State was established in 1984 under the direction of Dr. Joseph Richardson.
The Principal Center movement began in the late 1970s with the opening of three centers, including one at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
By the mid-eighties, the movement led by Roland Barth of Harvard included over 100 centers across the United States (Ackerman, 1988).
These centers were developed out of an evolving belief that principals should participate in the planning of their own professional development.
We provide school leaders with opportunities designed to give them the tools to create schools that work for all children.
Principal Robin Christian, 2019 recipient of the Joe Richardson Award for Exemplary Leadership at the New Principals Celebration. Robin is the proud principal of Barack and Michelle Obama Academy in Atlanta Public Schools.