RCL Fellow Craig Harper

Craig Harper

Mr. Craig Harper has served as executive director of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) since February 2018. With nearly 94,000 members, PAGE is the largest educator association in Georgia and the largest independent educator association in the United States. Harper joined PAGE as the director of communications in July 2015 while also providing support to administration, legislative services, professional learning, and membership services. Harper has nearly 23 years’ experience in PK-12 education administration, serving in various roles within a northwest Georgia district, closing his tenure there as chief administrative officer. During that time, he served on numerous regional and state committees related to human resources, workforce development, education policy, educator certification, and professional learning. In his nearly six years as PAGE executive director, Harper has been instrumental to the creation and statewide launch of two innovative, member-benefit programs: a 1:1 initiative providing personalized professional coaching, and a grant program that awards $100,000 annually as individual grants of up to $500 each. Benefitting PAGE members as well as the students they serve, these unique programs are unmatched by any other Georgia educator association. Harper is a certified facilitator for Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue. He has provided professional learning on stepping up to challenging conversations for PAGE staff and school district teachers and leaders throughout Georgia. Harper holds a master’s degree in public administration from Valdosta State University (GA) and a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in communications and history from Milligan University (TN).