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New York State Superintendent of the Year Award

Ithaca Superintendent Dr. Luvelle C. Brown Named
2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Luvelle C. Brown of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) who has been selected as the 2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year. The award was presented at the 2017 Winter Institute and Lobby Day at the Hilton Albany in Albany, NY on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Council Executive Director Dr. Charles Dedrick said, “Luvelle is truly deserving of this recognition for his leadership at the state and national levels, his effective and creative use of technology in education, and for his passion and dedication to the students within the Ithaca City School District. In fact, Luvelle was the first person who introduced me to the importance of social media in education and was one of the reasons why I joined Twitter when I was a District Superintendent.”

“I am overjoyed. This special recognition is a tribute to the exceptional efforts and accomplishments of the entire Ithaca City School District community,” said Brown.

The ICSD District Board of Education President Rob Ainslie said, “This is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Brown as he has delivered on his promises. The amazing results and transformation in our school district are evident for all to see.”

Prior to becoming superintendent, Dr. Brown had experiences as a teacher, coach, principal, and school Chief Information Officer (CIO). Additionally, he has been an active community leader having served in leadership roles for various non-profit organizations such as Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. and co-founded the Central Virginia chapter of 100 Black Men of America. 

Dr. Brown was appointed as the Ithaca City School District superintendent in 2011. He worked collaboratively with the community to establish a vision of “6000+ Thinkers” and a mission to “Engage, Educate, Empower.”

Council President Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, West Hempstead said, “Luvelle has been an important voice in education for the State of New York and the students he serves. His innovation in technology and program implementation is well-known and regarded. We congratulate him on this important recognition and are delighted that he will represent the superintendents of our state for the National Superintendent of the Year.

During his tenure, the ICSD graduation rate has skyrocketed from 78 percent to above 90 percent while all student groups are reaching unprecedented levels of performance including:

  • an 8 percent increase in enrollment and diversity in higher-level courses,

  • a 58 percent increase in enrollment in co-curricular programs,

  • a 7 percent increase in number of students reading on-grade level
    K - 5,

  • a 64 percent reduction in discipline referrals,

  • and a reduction of the district’s Special Education classification rate from significantly above state average (14.8 percent) to significantly below (11.6 percent).

Dr. Brown has received various awards and recognition for his leadership. He was honored by the National School Boards Association as a “20-to-Watch,” and received the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Award. In 2014, he received the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award. 

He was also selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation's top 100 innovative superintendents. Along with that distinction, Dr. Brown was invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s first National Superintendent Summit at the White House. Additionally, Dr. Brown serves on the New York State Council of School Superintendents’ (The Council’s) Executive Committee, The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Digital Consortium, The Center for Digital Education Advisory Council, and CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent Advisory Panel.

Dr. Luvelle Brown is a highly regarded speaker addressing a range of topics for local, regional, and national audiences. He has published numerous articles and is the co-author of ThinkTweets: 100 Transformative Tweets for Educators.

As the New York State Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Brown was New York’s candidate for national superintendent of the year, that was awarded at AASA’s National Conference on Education in New Orleans, LA in March 2 -4, 2017.

The Superintendent of the Year Award was established in 1988 by AASA and is co-sponsored by the ARAMARK Education, the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC) and AASA.

The 2017 Selection Process and Deadlines

The American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year Program is acclaimed as the most prestigious honor a school system leader can attain.The Council uses the AASA awards application process to also select the New York State Superintendent of the Year.

Our Distinguished Services Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, reviewed all applications and made their final selection by November 1, 2016 for our New York representative. We will recognize our New York State winner at our 2017 Winter Institute and Lobby Day in March. 

After we select a superintendent from New York to represent us, we provide access for AASA's national blue-ribbon panel to review the application so they can narrow the field to four candidates.The National Superintendent of the Year is announced at AASA’s National Conference on Education in mid-February. All state superintendents of the year are also recognized. A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a student from the high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year graduated from AASA.

Selection Criteria

Each candidate will be judged on the following attributes and skills:

  • Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.

  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.

  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.

  • Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

AASA's program is open to all public school superintendents in the United States and overseas and is cosponsored by ARAMARK Education, VALIC, and AASA. New York's program is only open to active New York State Superintendents. You can review the past list of New York State Superintendents of the Year here.