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Distinguished Service Award

2018 Distinguished Service Award Presented
at Celebration of Leadership

The Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of
that one individual who has shown exemplary commitment to public education.

Retired Life Member Dr. James T. Langlois, former District Superintendent of Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES  received The Council’s highest honor for his exemplary standards of educational service and leadership at the Celebration of Leadership on September 23, 2018. 

Thomas Austin, Assistant Executive Director, NYSIR; 2018-19 Council President Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage; Distinguished Service Chair William Johnson, Rockville Centre; and Executive Director Chuck Dedrick, The Council presented the award that evening. 

The 2018 Distinguished Services Award was sponsored by Signature Partner New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR).

The Selection Process

Retired Life Members are eligible to receive The Council’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that The Council can bestow. This award, for which retirees are only eligible, is given in recognition of that one individual who has shown exemplary commitment to public education after retirement. The award is presented at our Celebration of Leadership at our Fall Leadership Summit in September of each year.

Seeking Nominations for 2019

The Council is seeking nomination letters for the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Nomination letters can be written by members or by staff of The Council and sent by Friday, June 21, 2019 for inclusion in the selection process. The Distinguished Service Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, will make final selection over the summer.

Review a list of past participants honored with the Distinguished Service Award here.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for the 2019 Distinguished Service Award, please complete the   Award Nomination Form or contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development, at For more information, you can call Deidre at (518) 694-4885.