Nominations now open for national superintendent award

The National Association of School Superintendents is beginning the search for a National Superintendent of the Year in 2017.

“We had two incredible education leaders win the award in 2016,” said Dr. David Brown, NASS Executive Director. “This year we are searching for a student and community advocate that puts students first in terms of equity, proficiency, and college and career readiness.”

The 2016 winners of the National Superintendent of the Year award were Dr. Timothy Pernell of Somerville Public Schools in New Jersey and Dr. Cedric Gray of Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi. Past winners include Virginia superintendent Katrise Perera, Colorado superintendent Don Haddad, and Wisconsin superintendent Mike Richie.

Nominees for the award must possess important leadership skills, including evidence of productive innovations, effective communications, demonstrated success with student-growth; integrity in service, models of relationship building for the entire school district, as well as positive leadership with equity and social justice.

Although candidates may self-nominate, we are looking primarily for peer recommendations. A committee of five superintendents has been assembled to review the submissions and recommendations.

“Leadership is incredibly important as we see public education evolving nationwide,” Brown said. “It’s important that we recognize the educators who focus their attention on all students.”

Applications are due April 25, 2017. Click the attached PDF for nomination materials. The award winner will be announced May 15, 2017.


National Association of School Superintendents