The honor was presented yesterday to Dr. Greg Murry, Superintendent of the district, during the dedication of a new high school.
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING and AASA, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation's public schools. Candidates are judged on the following criteria: leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Each State association of school administrators selects a State Superintendent of the Year. These superintendents are then in the running for National Superintendent of the Year and will be recognized and honored at the AASA National Conference on Education in February in Los Angeles, California.
AAEA Executive Director Dr. Richard Abernathy noted, "I have known Dr. Murry for many years and he has always displayed the leadership and personal qualities you look for in a superintendent."
"I have often said that if given the choice between buying a program and buying a qualified person for the job, I would go with the person every time. We are no better than the people that serve our students," Dr. Murry said.
"In all the years I have known Dr. Murry, he has been a true professional who has served in many education leadership positions in our state," said Andrew Tolbert, Superintendent, Warren School District.
"Greg Murry has earned the respect of his fellow administrators and other educators in Arkansas. He is a leader in the continuing action of the Arkansas Association of School Administrators in every area - especially in advocacy before the Arkansas General Assembly when educational issues are being debated," said Dr. Benny Gooden, Superintendent, Fort Smith School District, and President, American Association of School Administrators.
Dr. Murry's Educational Administrative Experience:
- Superintendent, Conway School District, 2007-present
- Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs, Springdale School District, 1998-2007
- Principal/Assistant Principal, Springdale School District, 1992-98
- Principal/Assistant Principal, Ashdown School District, 1989-92