Principals from Northside Baptist Christian and Graves County High School have been chosen to attend a year-long executive leadership training with the Leadership Institute for School Principals Class of 2020.

Jenny Page, principal of Northside Baptist Christian School, and Coye Elliott, principal of Graves County High School, were both chosen in March for the course that program officials say is usually reserved for the nation's top CEOs.

Both, who were chosen among 50 selected principals, will begin attending classes this summer at the BB&T Leadership Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina, in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber Foundation.

The customized program is intended to meet the specific leadership development needs of school administrators. Principals will also attend follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.

"The opportunity to attend the Leadership Institute is such a blessing," Page said. "I am thankful for the opportunity to obtain invaluable leadership training alongside other principals. The knowledge I receive from this training will help me grow as a leader to positively impact my students and my staff."

Elliott said he was extremely excited to be selected.

"This is a great opportunity for me to continue to grow as a leader and work with other principals from across the state," he said. "I can't wait to see all the benefits that will come from this for myself, my students, and my staff. I look forward to bringing new ideas back to Graves County, as a part of this."

Elementary, middle and high school principals from across Kentucky representing both public and private schools applied for the institute, which is supported by generous donations from businesses across the state. So far, more than $3 million has been spent on over 380 principals from 95 Kentucky counties since the program began in 2011.

"The business community takes great pride in supporting the Leadership Institute for School Principals," said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson. "Employers value the importance of effective leadership in the private sector, and the same is true for schools. That's why we think it is important principals experience executive-level training similar to what is provided for corporate leaders."