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Explore the benefits of membership by joining the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

The Friend of The Council Award was created in 1996 and is given annually in recognition of a person's contribution to the New York State Council of School Superintendents and the field of education. 

2021 Friend of The Council Recipient

Our Distinguished Service Committee selected the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) as our 2021 Friend of The Council. NYSTRS serves our members through their well-managed fiduciary role and the retirement guidance they provide at our annual events. 

The award was presented to Executive Director Thomas K. Lee on Monday, March 8, 2021 during The Council's 2021 Virtual Winter Institute & Lobby Day.

Special thanks to Signature Partner BBS Architects, Landscape Architects & Engineers, P.C. for their sponsorship of the this year's award.

2022 Nominations Process

Nominations are provided by members or Council staff and are due in January to be included in the selection process. A selected individual must be:

  • Actively involved in education and supportive of The Council's mission. Superintendents and Assistant Superintendent members of NYSCOSS are not eligible for this award.
  • Recognized by educational leaders as a person who contributes time to improving public education. 

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!