At its annual winter convention, AASA presents Distinguished Service Awards to
retired members who have exhibited leadership ability and who have enhanced
school administration in America. Recipients of the award shall be named on the
recommendation of a special judging committee at the November meeting of the
executive committee from nominations submitted by the AASA Advisory Council,
members of the executive committee, and presidents and executives of state
associations of school administrators, or AASA members who request an
opportunity to submit nominations.
In the performance of their duties as school administrators, recipients should
have brought honor to themselves, their colleagues, and their profession.
Note: When determining whether or not an individual should be nominated, you
are advised not to nominate someone just because the person is a good
administrator, professor, president, etc., or has lived a long time. The person
might be all of these, but in addition should have made significant
contributions in education at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
- Recipients must have rendered exemplary service to
their state or national professional association.
- Recipients must have made significant contributions in
the field of education through assignments, writings, or other activities.
- Recipients must have ten years of membership in AASA
prior to their nomination. Service need not be consecutive or in active
status at the time of recognition.
- Recipients must be retired from a full time position
prior to the calendar year the award is presented.
- A notice along with an appropriate form requesting
nominations shall be sent to members of the AASA Advisory Council, members
of the AASA Executive Committee, and presidents and secretaries of state
associations of school administrators. In addition, "The School
Administrator" shall carry an announcement that nominations are being
accepted and that any person desiring to nominate a candidate may receive
materials for such nomination by contacting AASA headquarters http://www.aasa.org
- All nominations shall be made on a form provided by
AASA and no more than two pages of additional data may be submitted with
the nomination. No publications or additional testimonials will be
- All nominations shall have been received at AASA
headquarters no later than September 15th. All late entries shall be
rejected and returned to the person entering such nomination.
- The selection of awardees annually shall include at
least one person who is not or has not been a superintendent of schools if
such an individual is nominated and otherwise qualifies, and at least one
person who retired as an active superintendent of schools.
- Of all nominations received, the judges shall prepare a
list of the top ten nominees in rank order.
- The number of awards shall be limited to five (5)
annually, except as hereinafter noted.
- For any reason, the Executive Committee, by majority
vote, shall be able to waive any guideline or criteria and select not more
than two additional awardees.
- Awardees shall be required to be present to receive the
award unless some disabling situation or other unusual circumstance as
determined by the Executive Director precludes such attendance.
- The nominations shall be judged by a special committee
appointed by the president. Such committee shall submit its recommendation
to the Executive Committee in order for action to be taken as early as
November in the year prior to the granting of the award.
- The award will be made at the AASA National
- The recipient will be presented with an
individual plaque and certificate.
- A news release will be distributed to pertinent
media in the coverage area of the recipient.