Distinguished School Administrator Award

About the Distinguished School Administrator Award The Distinguished School Administrators Award honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program.The purpose of the AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award is:
  • To honor those administrators outside the library profession who through individual leadership and sustained effort have made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library services and to advancing the role of the school library services in the educational program.
  • To recognize the responsible and influential role of those administrators outside the school library department in developing successful school library programs.
  • To stimulate planning, implementing and support of the library services which are essential to a meaningful educational program.

Established in 1985, the $2,000 award honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program. Nominations must be made by AASL personal members.

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2012 Winner(s)

Mat McRae

principal of Swan Valley high school in Saginaw, Mich.

Believing that the school library program is the answer to most of the issues, questions, dilemmas, technology and educational problems faced by public schools; McRae further vowed that as long as he was principal, there would be no cuts to the library program.  Instead, McRae made other adjustments to the budget, even earmarking money from his administrative funds to maintain library spending.