Danny Watkins (’77, ’80), School of Education graduate and principal of North Raleigh Christian Academy, was recently named Administrator of the Year by WRAL News. A huge supporter of Campbell, Watkins has referred a large number of undergrad students to the University for years in his role of principal of North Raleigh Christian Academy.
“It’s very humbling to be nominated along with so many administrators,” Watkins said. “It was a real honor. I appreciate all educators working hard during the pandemic to provide quality education during the pandemic to provide quality education.”
Watkins calls himself “retirement-aged,” but his love for North Raleigh Christian has kept him on staff for more than 44 years. The private school of about 1400 students was founded in 1996 and has been home to Watkins as a teacher and as an administrator. In addition to his principal duties, he teaches two AP courses, which he calls the highlight of his day.
Dean of the School of Education Alfred Bryant expressed his pride in the model of success that Watkins has shown to future educators and administrators.
“He exemplifies the type of graduate we work hard to produce everyday,” Bryant said. “We are so honored to call him a two time Campbell School of Education graduate and would like for him to come back to campus and encourage our students to follow his lead of service.”
The Administrator of the Year award was earned through votes from the community.
“I would say any success I have had is because of the most wonderful teachers and coworkers,” Watkins said. “I want to turn the award around and thank the board of governors and the parents of the faculty, staff and students who make every day of my life exciting.”