Dr. Erin Prince
Dr. Erin Prince became superintendent of the Corvallis School District on July 1, 2011.
She arrived in Corvallis from the Sherwood School District where she had been serving as the assistant superintendent since 2006. Prior to that, she worked as an administrator in the Greater Albany and Lake Oswego school districts and as an elementary school teacher in the Oregon City, Hillsboro and Tigard-Tualatin school districts. Erin also has been a district TAG coordinator and grant writer, a curriculum, instruction and assessment specialist and human resources director during her career.
As a two-time graduate of Oregon State University, Erin’s move to Corvallis was somewhat of a homecoming. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from OSU in 1984, a master’s degree in educational administration from Lewis & Clark College in 1998, and then, a doctorate in education from OSU in 2006. She also lived in Corvallis -- and her children attended Corvallis schools -- while she worked for the Albany school district.
Erin has spent close to 30 years of service in public education with a strong mission toward what is best for all children.
“I was raised in a family of educators, so education was as real and necessary for me as taking a breath,” Erin says. “It can be considered a calling, a moral imperative to serve in education. I consider it a privilege to make a difference in the lives of children, who will in turn lead our world and strive to make it a humane and better place with each generation that follows.”
Erin also is dedicated to the relentless pursuit for excellence in staff quality focused on student growth. She describes herself as a “developer of leaders.”
“Education is hard work and the collective intelligence of the whole -- Corvallis classified, certified, non-represented and administrative teams together -- create a strong and effective unit. I strive to build capacity in others and honor their strengths. While I can make the tough decisions when needed, I value input from all stakeholders and encourage collaborative decision-making in all possible situations. Challenging times require a new and creative skill set.
“Like every district in the state of Oregon, Corvallis is faced with the challenges of financial instability and a lack of sustainability from state revenue. The critical challenge for the next three to five years will be to strategically construct a budget that takes into consideration the multiple assumptions that continually shift, and establish priorities that ensure sustainability of programs that have the most direct and influential impact on student growth.”
When Erin is away from the office, she enjoys playing golf and tennis, seeing good movies, reading good books, and spending time with her family.
She and her husband Rick, married in 1984, have three daughters. Their oldest daughter Morgan graduated from Oregon State University in June 2011 and is now a student at The Medical College of Wisconsin. Jordyn, is at the University of Oregon studying journalism and graphic design, and their youngest daughter, Kendall, is at the University of Arizona where she play golfs for the Wildcats.