Media Advisory
Kaylen Tucker, NAESP

Visionary school leaders reveal best practices for sustaining strong schools during annual awards program.

ALEXANDRIA, VA–October 8, 2010–Sixty-two outstanding elementary and middle school principals from schools across the nation and abroad have been named as 2010 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). They will be honored Oct. 15 at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program, which for more than 20 years has been generously funded by VALIC.

Established in 1984 by NAESP in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education, the program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates, including the District of Columbia, and by committees representing private and overseas schools.

NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly commended the 62 principals for being exemplars of successful school leadership. “For more than 25 years, our National Distinguished Principals program has recognized our nation’s most accomplished principals—front-line champions for children—who work tirelessly to drive school performance and student achievement,” she said. “In this era of intensified school reform and school improvement, principals provide vitally important leadership that empowers teachers, galvanizes parents and communities, and most important, ensures innovative learning environments that help all children reach their highest potential.”

“VALIC has served as the sole sponsor of the National Distinguished Principals program for over 20 years and we are proud to continue our unwavering support of our nation’s principals,” said Bruce R. Abrams, president and CEO of VALIC. “Committed educators pave the way for brighter futures for our nation's children and brighter futures for us all. Thanks to programs like this, we have a unique opportunity to recognize our country’s principals and honor their achievements within our communities. On behalf of VALIC, I would like to congratulate all of this year's outstanding principals.”   

NOTE: A list of the 2010 NDPs and their biographical information can be accessed at To request an interview while the principals are in Washington, D.C., contact Kaylen Tucker at or 703-518-6257.


Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.

For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement provider for our nation’s K-12 schools, higher education, and healthcare institutions. As of December 2009, VALIC has over $59 billion in assets and manages plans for nearly 25,000 groups, serving more than 2 million plan participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company.