Superintendent of the Year | Michigan Association of School Administrators

Nomination Period for 2017 Superintendent of the Year is Closed

The MASA Michigan Superintendent of the Year Award is presented to a superintendent who has shown tremendous effort and dedication to enriching the lives of children and the community as a whole. This individual is recognized for strong leadership, creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students, communication skills, professionalism, community involvement and the success of students that has taken place during tenure in their district. The deadline to submit a nomination for the Michigan Superintendent of the Year was September 1, 2017.

All nominees must complete an application through the AASA Superintendents of the Year website at soy.aasa.org. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on September 8. Nominees should have received an email from AASA with instructions on how to complete the application process. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Bacile Cunningham at (517) 327-9251 or ccunninghum@gomasa.org.

MASA will convene a meeting of the Superintendent of Year Selection Committee in late September and select the 2018 Superintendent of the Year. The nominator(s) will be notified of the winner in early October, and the Superintendent of the Year must be notified of his or her honor at the next regular meeting of the local school board.

AASA National Superintendent of the Year Selection Timeline
To be eligible for National Superintendent of the Year, an applicant must first be selected as Michigan’s State Superintendent of the Year by MASA.

November 1: Deadline for all State Associations to select a state winner.
December 15: National Finalists Notified
January 11: Four Finalists participate in a national briefing and interviews at the National Press Club
February 15: National Superintendent of the Year is announced; All State Superintendents of the Year are honored on stage at the AASA National Conference on Education
November 13 – 16, 2018: Superintendent of the Year Gala and Forum is held in honor of the 2018 Superintendent of the Year


2018 Michigan Superintendent of the Year:
Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift
Ann Arbor Public Schools

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Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift, superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, has earned the award of 2018 Michigan Superintendent of the Year from the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

“Dr. Swift has been a positive advocate for the Ann Arbor Public Schools, as well as for public education, and I am proud to announce that she has earned the honor of being named Michigan Superintendent of the Year,” MASA Executive Director Chris Wigent said. “She has demonstrated exceptional leadership for her district, adding quality programs, increasing achievement levels for all students, and engaging with staff and parents as well as with local businesses and community organizations in support of all children.”

Dr. Swift’s nomination for the award states:

“Respectfully and on behalf of the Board of Education, the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and our community, we nominate Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift for Superintendent of the Year. Under Dr. Swift’s leadership in the AAPS, exciting new programs have opened in schools, student achievement outcomes continue to improve, enrollment has increased, top-quality arts programming continues to thrive and the AAPS has received a number of national awards for excellence. Dr. Swift is everywhere in our district and community, serving as a tireless advocate for children and for the Ann Arbor Public Schools.”

Dr. Swift joined Ann Arbor Public Schools in 2013. She is a career educator having served as a classroom teacher, teacher coach, principal and school district leader. Dr. Swift previously served in various leadership roles in Colorado Springs School District 11, including as assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and student services and executive director of K-12 schools. Dr. Swift believes that every child deserves to be fully welcomed and embraced at school and receive support to succeed within a rich, exploratory, arts-infused educational experience. She is committed to engaging with the Ann Arbor community to further extend and enhance the excellence for which the Ann Arbor Public Schools has long been known.

2017 Michigan Superintendent of the Year:
Dr. Rob Glass
Bloomfield Hills Schools

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MASA presented the award for 2017 Michigan Superintendent of the Year to Bloomfield Hills Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Glass.
Dr. Glass joined Bloomfield Hills Schools in 2010, after serving as superintendent of Dexter Community Schools. Before that, he was executive director of instruction for Birmingham Public Schools and principal at Quarton School in Birmingham. He worked as an elementary principal in Suttons Bay and Vestaburg Community Schools, as well as an elementary teacher in Hale. Dr. Glass began his teaching career as principal and teacher at Calvary Christian School and director of the Royal Oak Child Care Center in Royal Oak, following five years in Birmingham managing the district’s production studio.

Michigan Superintendent of the Year past winners

2016
Dr. Michael Rice, Kalamazoo Public Schools
2015
Yvonne Caamal Canul, Lansing School District
2014
Brian J. Whiston, Dearborn Public Schools
2013
Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Southfield Public Schools
2012
Dr. Tina Kerr, Coldwater Community Schools
2011
Dr. Brian Davis, Holland Public Schools
2010
Dave Campbell, Olivet Community Schools
2009
Roxanne DeWeerd, Hudsonville Public Schools
2008
Thomas Maridada II, Inkster Public Schools
2007
Robert M. Olsen, Sturgis Public Schools
2006
Paula M. Dawning, Benton Harbor Area Schools
2005
Joan Sergent, Utica Community Schools

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