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Distinguished Service Award

2019 Distinguished Service Award Presented at Fall Leadership Summit Opening Keynote

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

Retired Life Member Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, former  Superintendent of both West Hempstead Union Free School District and Hauppauge School District received The Council’s highest honor for her exemplary standards of educational service and leadership at the opening keynote on September 22, 2019 at the Fall Leadership Summit in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Distinguished Service Chair William Johnson, Rockville Centre; Cassandra Ingham, Business Development Specialist, New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) and award sponsor; 2019-20 Council President Kevin McGowan,Brighton and Executive Director Chuck Dedrick. The Council presented the award that afternoon to Pat. You can watch the award presentation here and you can read Pat's remarks here. 

The 2019 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 Fall Leadership Summit in September of each year.

Seeking Nominations for 2020

The Council is seeking nomination letters for the 2020 Distinguished Service Award. Nomination letters can be written by members or by staff of The Council and sent by Friday, June 19, 2020 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 2020 Distinguished Service Award, please complete the   Award Nomination Form or contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development, at deidre@nyscoss.org. For more information, you can call Deidre at (518) 694-4885.