Sponsored by ProQuest
Monetary Amount: $2,000
Deadline: February 1
The Distinguished School Administrator 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 Administrator 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.
State, county or district school superintendents and building principals, currently in administrative office, directly responsible for a school or group of schools at any level, who is not working in a library services department and who is not a regular ALA/AASL member are eligible for nomination.
District administrators responsible for broad instructional leadership such as assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and instruction and directors of elementary and/or secondary education are also eligible provided they are not working in a library services department or a regular ALA/AASL member.
Nominations must be made by personal member of AASL.
The following criteria will be used in the selection process:
Administrative leadership and continuing efforts in promoting effective school library services and advancing the role of school library services in the educational program.
Nominee’s personal philosophy/statement related to the school library program’s role in the educational program.
Demonstrated support for library resources and staff as presented in the description of the community (consider moral support as well as financial resources for staff and “things”, including access to information).
Evidence of school library program improvements as compared with program when nominee began and today.
Statement of current commitments and future plans for school library services and programs.
How the nominee is rated in comparison with other award nominees.
* Please note: This downloadable version is for informational purposes only. All applications must be submitted online, via the Apply Now button that will appear at the top of the page when the next award season opens in early September.
Deputy Executive Director
|2021||Dr. April Grace||Shawnee (Oklahoma) Public Schools|
|“I am honored to receive the AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award,” said Dr. Grace. “More than 30 years in education have taught me the value of strong school libraries under the helm of qualified school librarians. School libraries are catalysts for creating transformative, inclusive learning environments, and every learner deserves a library. As someone who has the highest respect for school librarians as teachers, leaders, visionaries, and champions of equity, I am humbled to receive this award.”|
|2020||Dr. Kevin Smith||Wilton (Connecticut) Public Schools Superintendent|
|2019||Shirley Simmons||Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools|
|2018||Michael Daria||Tuscaloosa (Alabama) City Schools Superintendent|
|2017||Warren Drake||Superintendent of Schools
East Baton Rouge Parish (Louisiana) School System
|2016||Kathleen Procopio||Millville (New Jersey) High School Principal|
|2015||Lenny Santamaria||Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24 Principal
Staten Island, New York
|2014||Dr. Arturo Cavazos||Harlingen (Texas) CISD
|2013||Scott Bacon||Blue Valley High School Principal
|2012||Mat McRae||Swan Valley High School Principal
|2011||Donna Haye||District Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction
Atlantic City (New Jersey) Board of Education
|2010||Vince Barnes||North Elementary School Principal
|2009||Melanie Goffen Horowitz||Central Elementary School Principal
|2007||Nathan S. Greenberg||Superintendent of Schools, Londonderry (New Hampshire) School District|
|2006||Kay McBride||Library Specialist, Pasadena (Texas) ISD|
|2005||Michael Hart||Holy Rosary School Principal
|2004||Dr. William Harner||Superintendent, Greenville (South Carolina) County School District|
|2003||Barbara E. De Spain||Lois Lenski Elementary School Principal
|2002||Dr. William Meuer||Norwood Park School
|2001||Dr. Kathleen D. Smith||Cherry Creek High School
|2000||Dr. Elaine Armani||Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Waukegan (Illinois) Community School District|
|1999||Eugene Sudol||Wayne Hills High School Principal
Wayne, New Jersey
|1998||Brian Fagan||Assistant Superintendent, Fairfield (Connecticut) Public Schools|
|1997||Donald V. DeLong||Superintendent, Merced (California) City School District|
|1996||Faye Kimsey||Lakeside Elementary School Principal
|1994||James C. Enochs||Superintendent, Modesto (California) City Schools|
|1993||Susan Robinson||Harcourt Elementary School Principal
|1992||Thomas L. Gibbs||Assistant Superintendent for Secodary Education, Indian Prairie School District #204
|1991||Marilyn Blakely||Director of Elementary Education, Vigo County School Corporation
Terre Haute, Indiana
|1990||Dr. Richard Doremus||Superintendent, Shoreham-Wading River Central School District
Shoreham, New York
|1989||Robert Gross||Superintendent, ISD #181
|1988||Ralph Ricardo||Superintendent, Ascension Parish School District
|1987||Ron Wimmer||Assistant Superintendent, Olathe (Kansas) District Schools|
|1986||William H. Phillips||Superintendent, Jordan (New York) Elbridge Central School District|
|1985||E. Wayne Harris||Fairfax County School District