Regions Foundation Invests $10,000 In School Leadership

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Regions is putting both monetary and volunteer support into the Leadership Pipeline Initiative, a comprehensive program to support aspiring, new, and veteran principals.  

“At Regions, we believe that investing in principals and teachers in our public schools is good for the entire community,” said Michael G. Mathis, Chattanooga president and executive vice president of Regions Bank. “Along with financial support from Regions Foundation, our employees are also committed to volunteering our time to partner with schools in any way needed.”

Regions joins PEF, the Hamilton County Department of Education, and other local foundations, businesses, and individuals in supporting the Leadership Pipeline. Officials said, "The goal of the Pipeline is to significantly change the system of principal support within five years, moving the school district from one with principals who work in isolation to a district with 75 outstanding instructional leaders.  These principals will inspire 3,000 teachers who in turn transform the future of 42,000 students, with a potential $620 million impact to the economy."

“The Leadership Pipeline cannot exist in isolation from the greater Chattanooga community.  If these 75 jobs are to truly transform Chattanooga, we are all collectively responsible for supporting principals, teachers, and students,” said Christa Payne, vice president of External Affairs at PEF.  “The Leadership Pipeline will be made stronger because of investments by businesses like Regions.”

The Leadership Pipeline is created around the vision that every principal in Hamilton County must:

1.     Increase the academic achievement of all students.

2.     Know effective instruction and assessment and use this knowledge to strengthen teaching.

3.     Build honest and effective relationships with students, parents, teachers, and community members.

4.     Fiercely advocate for all students.

Almost $1 million has been raised for the launch of the Leadership Pipeline, with pledges totaling over $2 million for the five-year initiative.  For details about the Pipeline, please visit

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