Former Education Secretary John King Receives AASA Humanitarian Award

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New Orleans – March 3, 2017 – John B. King Jr. who served as the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Obama, was honored today by AASA, The School Superintendent Association, with the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award. The award was presented at AASA’s 2017 National Conference on Education in New Orleans, La. 

This award recognizes leaders who exemplify the qualities modeled by the late Effie Hall Jones, educator and AASA associate executive director—her professional and personal commitment to diversifying the field of education with high quality leaders and to ensuring the best education for all students. She was profiled in the film “Women at the Top” for her work with women who aspired to the superintendency. Jones was also a school administrator, teacher and counselor.

King starts his new role as president and CEO of The Education Trust on March 6. Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Department of Education, King served as the Commissioner of Education for the state of New York. At the time of his appointment, he was one of the nation’s youngest state education leaders and the first African-American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State education commissioner.

Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Department of Education, King served as the Commissioner of Education for the state of New York. At the time of his appointment, he was one of the nation’s youngest state education leaders and the first African-American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State education commissioner.
 
Like Jones, King has been a teacher and school administrator. He received a J.D. at Yale Law School and an Ed.D. in educational administrative practice at Columbia. He was a 1995 Truman Scholar and received the James Madison Memorial Fellowship for secondary-level teaching of American history, American government and social studies.

For more information about AASA’s National Conference on Education, click here.  

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.