Superintendent of the Year Award 

General Criteria

1.  The individual should have been a practicing superintendent or AEA chief administrator for at least five years (includes experience as an associate/assistant superintendent).         

2.  The individual should be currently serving as a superintendent or AEA chief administrator in a school district or AEA where a commitment to excellence is clearly evident; i.e., to be nominated for 2023 Superintendent of the Year, the individual must be a superintendent or AEA chief administrator for the 2022-23 school year.

3.  There should be evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community including:

  • ways in which curriculum, staff morale, community support, student interest, and the learning environment have benefited from this individual’s leadership.
  • ways in which the individual provides creative leadership in inspiring and motivating others to achieve and contribute to the educational environment.

4.  The individual should show a strong commitment to the profession by active participation in professional activities. Membership in SAI and AASA is a prerequisite for this award.

5.  There should be evidence that the individual is respected by his/her colleagues and the community at large.

NOTE: No current SAI Executive Committee member (president, president-elect, vice president or past president) or AASA board member is eligible for this award.

Award recognition

1. Press releases are sent by SAI to select media at the conclusion of the selection process. An article will also appear in the SAI Report.

2. Nominees will be recognized at their respective SAI District Meetings.

3. The Administrator of the Year will be recognized at the SAI Annual Conference.

4. The Administrator of the Year will be recognized by the national association and become eligible for a national award if s/he fulfills the criteria. AASA requires the state recipient to continue in the profession during the year of the national award, e.g. a 2023 winner must be an active administrator for the 2022-23 school year. Events are subject to change; please see the awards section of the AASA website for current information.