Dr. Barry L. Purvis Named President-Elect of State Principals’ Association

November 5, 2010

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Dr. Barry L. Purvis Named President-Elect of State Principals’ Association

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Dr. Barry L. Purvis, principal of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Chambersburg Area School District, was recently named President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association’s membership of approximately 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and other edu-cational leaders and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Dr. Purvis assumed his new position on PA Principals Association’s Board of Directors following the association’s annual business meeting held during its 18th annual conference in Pittsburgh on Oct. 26, 2010.

“I am pleased and honored to represent PA Principals Association as the President-Elect. I have personally benefited from PA Principals Association through expert advice, superb professional development and networking with some of the country’ss finest principals. I look forward to serving Pennsylvania’ss principals and welcome their input on how we can continue to keep Pennsylvania at the forefront of student learning, while also supporting school leaders and the numerous challenges they encounter each day,” said Dr. Purvis.

Dr. Purvis began his education career as a physical education teacher in the Chambersburg Area School District. He then became the assistant principal of the Chambersburg Area Middle School followed by the assistant principal at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania since 2002.

Dr. Purvis has been a member of PA Principals Association for 21 years. He currently serves the association as chairperson of PA Principals Association’s Secondary Awards Committee (since 2004). Most recently, he served as the Central II Secondary Regional Representative on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors (since 2004). In 2006, he was selected as PA Principals Association’s High School Principal of the Year in the MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) Principal of the Year Program.

Known in his district as “Dr. P.,” he has worked tirelessly to improve the school environment and to share his clear vision and expectations for his school. He is a strong leader who seeks the development of well-rounded individuals and acknowledges the accomplishments of the students and the staff.

While Dr. Purvis was principal at the Chambersburg Area Middle School, they received the “National Blue Ribbon Award” in 2002, and the school was a finalist for the Pennsylvania Middle School of the Year in 2003. He also coached girls’ varsity basketball at Chambersburg from 1979-1996 and was selected Coach of the Year twice.

Dr. Purvis received a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University. He then received a master’s in educational administration and has a super-intendent’s letter of eligibility from Shippensburg University, as well as a doctorate in educational administration from Widener University.

He resides in Chambersburg with his wife Joyce, daughter Kia and granddaughter Kiana.


PA Principals Association’s Mission: To ensure a quality education for every child by comprehensively supporting the educational leaders of our schools.

PA Principals Association’s Vision: To be the best service organization of its kind in the United States.