Leigh Colburn is an education consultant and co-founder of The Centergy Project, established after the success of the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center to assist other schools and districts achieve similar success. Recently retired from the Marietta School District in Georgia, she is a lifelong educator with degrees from Kennesaw State University, University of Mississippi, and University of Alabama. She served as the principal of Marietta High School (GA) for 10 years and as Director of Graduate Marietta Student Success Center from 2015– 2017. In 2016, under her leadership, the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center received the Charter System Innovator of the Year Award for the state of Georgia.
In addition to her work on several professional committees, Ms. Colburn is an active community leader who serves with numerous organizations focused on children and teens, mentoring, and substance abuse, as well as sexual abuse and domestic violence. She is a graduate of Leadership Cobb and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Honorary Commanders Program. She works actively with the Marietta Schools Foundation, as well as with numerous government and nonprofit agencies, public safety organizations, and community groups to improve the quality of life for Marietta’s teens.
Ms. Colburn’s honors include being named Marietta Citizen of the Year, Marietta City Schools Employee of the Year, one of Cobb County’s “Top 10 Power Women,” and Northwest Georgia’s Woman of the Year.