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KNOXVILLE—A Greene County principal is the latest recipient of a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, award that recognizes outstanding secondary school leaders in the state.

Cindy Bowman, principal of South Greene High School in Greeneville, Tennessee, has received the William J. and Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Secondary School Leadership.

She will receive a framed certificate and a monetary gift.

The Field Award, established in 2001 and administered by the UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, identifies a Tennessee secondary school principal whose life and work are characterized by leadership excellence. It recognizes those who demonstrate the values of civility, candor, courage, social justice, responsibility, compassion, community, persistence, and service in and through their work.

Bowman is the eleventh award winner to date. School superintendents nominate the recipients. Bowman’s superintendent Vicki Kirk nominated her.

Under Bowman’s leadership, South Greene High School was named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, a 2010 Distinguished Title I School, and it received a Bronze Award as a top high school in America from U.S. News and World Report in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Bowman believes in celebrating student successes, which comes from her philosophy of high expectations, using data to set goals for instruction, and practicing a team approach to leadership.

She has been the school’s principal since 2002, where she previously served as a social studies teacher and coach.

C O N T A C T S:

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lola.alapo@tennessee.edu)

Gia Gray (865-974-0850, renee@utk.edu)