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Each school system may select one principal as its local Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. The selection procedure at the local level is the responsibility of the local superintendent or designee. The selection must be objective and fair and must assure that all public school principals have access and equal opportunity to be nominated and to compete.

The person chosen as the local Wells Fargo Principal of the Year represents his or her school system in the regional selection process. The regional selection procedure includes an evaluation of the candidate through a portfolio review and an interview. Eight regional finalists will be named to participate in the state selection process.

The state selection process continues with each regional finalist being interviewed and his/her portfolio reviewed by a state selection committee. Eight on-site school visits of the regional finalists' schools are conducted by the state selection committee. The Wells Fargo Principal of the Year is announced at the spring state luncheon in Raleigh.

Candidates at all levels deserve special recognition for achievement.  Local school systems are encouraged to consider various means of recognition, such as surprise announcements, banquets, media coverage, awards, or other activities.

Local and regional candidates represent their school systems throughout the process.  Each candidate should have the support of the district during all aspects of the competition- portfolio preparation, interview process, the on-site visits (when necessary), adherence to rules and publicity, as general moral support.

Regional winners are asked to chair the regional selection committees tasked with finding their successor at the end of their term.