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The Appreciation Award is given in recognition of an active members' efforts on behalf of  the New York State Council of School Superintendents and its initiatives.

2022 Appreciation Award Recipient

Congratulations to Maureen Donahue, Superintendent, Southwestern CSD who received The Council's 2022 Appreciation Award. She was selected for her leadership, dedication and work on committees, her support of emerging leaders and efforts of NYSCOSS staff, and leading during the transition to a new Executive Director in 2015-16.

Maureen was selected by the Distinguished Service Committee for her continued commitment to The Council for over 16 years.   

The award was presented during the Winter Institute's Opening Keynote on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at our 2022 Winter Institute. Also pictured:  NYSCOSS Executive Director Chuck Dedrick; Chief Revenue Officer Kelsey Rosell from award sponsor Student EI; NYSCOSS President Phyllis Harrington, Superintendent, Oceanside UFSD; and Distinguished Service Committee Chair Hank Grishman, Superintendent, Jericho.

Special thanks to partner Student EI, LLC for sponsoring this year's award. 

2023 Award Nomination Process

Individuals are nominated by a colleague in the field of education, by an active member of The Council, or a Council staff member.

Final selections are made by the Distinguished Service Committee and presented at our Winter Institute & Lobby Day each year. A selected individual:

  • Volunteers time on behalf of NYSCOSS (e.g., offers webinars and workshops, participates actively on a committee, etc.).
  • Has been active with several activities throughout their membership.
  • Is recognized in education as an leader (e.g., by colleagues, in his/her community, by NYSCOSS). 
  • Is nominated by a colleague or Council staff.

If you are interested in nominating an individual for the 2023 award, send your nomination to Deidre Hungerford by January 13, 2023. Candidates can be nominated with this nomination form or with an emailed letter. 

The Distinguished Service Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, screen all nominations for selection of one candidate.

For details or to nominate an individual contact:

Deidre G. Hungerford
Associate Director for Business Development

E:  deidre@nyscoss.org
T:  518.694.4885
Twitter: @deehungerford28 #NYSCOSSWell


2022 Fall Leadership Summit

Together We Rise:  Shaping Education for Today, Tomorrow and Beyond
Saratoga Hilton and Saratoga Springs City Center 
Saratoga Springs, NY 

September 18-20, 2022

Our Fall Leadership Summit Call for Education Proposals portal is now closed.
Register for the 2022 Fall Leadership Summit here.