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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.

2021 Appreciation Award Recipient

We honored Neil O’Brien, Superintendent, Port Byron for his leadership, dedication and work of Council committees, his support of emerging leaders and efforts of Council staff, and insight into legislative proposals and how they could affect schools.

Neil was selected by our Distinguished Service Committee for his continued commitment to The Council for over 10 years.   

The award was presented during the Opening Keynote on Monday, March 8, 2021 at our 2021 Virtual Winter Institute & Lobby Day. Special thanks to Signature Partner Utica National Insurance Group for sponsoring this year's award. 

2022 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 2022 award, send your nomination to Deidre Hungerford by January 14, 2022. 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 Winter Institute:
  Creating A Culture of Innovation and Imagination

Albany Capital Center
Albany, NY 

March 6-8, 2022

Keynote Speaker Dan Cockerell, a 26-Year Disney Veteran, who was Vice President of Magic Kingdom,
will share his insights on exceptional leadership and how to build a strong culture for your school teams. 

Access Call for Proposal here. Deadline for submission is December 13, 2021. Registration and housing details opens December 8, 2021!