AASA Cites Six Veteran School Leaders for Service

Jan. 21, 2010

Amy Vogt

ARLINGTON, Va. - The American Association of School Administrators will honor five retired educational leaders, as well as the immediate past president of the association, with Distinguished Service Awards at AASA’s 2010 National Conference on Education, Feb. 11-13, in Phoenix, Ariz.

The honorees are being recognized by AASA for bringing honor to themselves, their colleagues and their profession; rendering exemplary service to their state or national professional association; and contributing to the education field through writing, public advocacy or other activities.

To receive the Distinguished Service Award, an individual must have been an AASA member for at least 10 years and be retired from a full-time position in educational administration. Each year the honorees includes AASA’s immediate past president.

The Distinguished Service Award carries a life membership in AASA. The 2010 honorees, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

 2010 Award_Bill Adams
William H. Adams of Naples, Fla. Adams has served in public education leadership roles for 43 years, 36 of which were as superintendent of schools in the same New Jersey district. Under Adams’ leadership, the schools and programs he administered were recognized for academic excellence and for outstanding student achievement. Many of the educational programs developed under his leadership have been recognized nationally, including Project A.D.V.A.N.C.E. – an alternative program for emotionally challenged students that was nationally validated and replicated in 22 states and Canada, and a computer application program that received the U.S. Secretary of Education Award for Excellence.

Adams was included on the National School Boards Association’s Executive Educator Top 100 School Administrators in North America list. He received the AASA James R. Kirkparick Legislative Award and the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award. He served on and chaired the AASA Leadership and Technology Committee and was elected to two nonconcurrent three-year terms on the AASA Executive Committee. He is a past president the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and a former state superintendent of the year.

Adams joined AASA in 1973.

 Randy Collins
Randall Howard Collins of Waterford, Conn. Collins is the superintendent of schools in Waterford and past president of AASA. A professional educator for 38 years, he has served as superintendent of schools in three communities. He has served as superintendent in Waterford for the past 17 years. While in Waterford, he pioneered the development of the “Learning through Service Program,” which made Waterford one of the first school districts in America to require community service hours for graduation, prompting good citizenship through community service.

Boston University School of Education recently bestowed upon Collins the Dean Arthur Herbert Wilde Society Award for outstanding achievement and distinguished service to the profession. Other awards and honors include the Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award in 2008 for his advocacy for women and minorities in school administration, the Human Resources Award for Supervisor Program Manager from the International Public Management Association in 2005, Rotary’s Paul Harris Award in 2004 and the Community Service Award from Waterford Country School in 2003. Collins is a past president of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (2001-2002) and Connecticut’s Superintendent of the Year in 2002. He is the immediate past president of AASA.

Collins has been an AASA member since 1982.

 2010 Award_Chester Floyd
J. Chester Floyd of Gilbert, S.C. For over 45 years, Floyd has been making a difference in the lives of children across the state of South Carolina. From the early years as a math teacher and coach, to serving four school districts as superintendent for more than 33 years, Floyd has dedicated his professional life to helping students and school districts achieve their goals. He led districts to improved student achievement and passed bond referenda in three districts that had never before passed a bond referendum. He has served as president of South Carolina Association of School Administrators. He has been on the governing board of AASA and was elected to the Executive Committee of AASA in 2004.

Because of his commitment to children, Floyd has been named Superintendent of the Year by five different organizations over 17 years, and in 2009 he received the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor for service, awarded by the governor of South Carolina.

Floyd has been member of AASA for 33 years.

Randall Raburn of Edmond, Okla. Raburn has been an educator for 47 years, serving as a school administrator for 26 years, and spending 19 as a superintendent in four different school systems. In 1995, he concluded his career as superintendent of the Edmond Schools and began his 13-year tenure as executive director of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration. He is a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Raburn has served as a leader in several education organizations and has a reputation as an innovative instructional leader and promoter of high ethical and professional standards for school leaders. He has been a tireless advocate at the legislature for better school funding and higher standards. He was a leader of the successful legislative effort to abolish unfair retirement benefit caps for educators.

Several of Raburn’s numerous honors include Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year, 1983 and 1991; College of Education Hall of Fame at Oklahoma State University, 2004; and Oklahoma Educators’ Hall of Fame, 2006.

Raburn has been an AASA member since 1975.

 2010 Award_Bud Spillane
Robert R. Spillane of Oakton, Va. Spillane has served as superintendent of schools in Fairfax County, Va.; Boston, Mass.; New Rochelle, N.Y.; Roosevelt, N.Y.; and Glassboro, N.J. He was the New York State Deputy Commissioner of Education for four years, and he has taught and lectured at several universities, including Columbia University, Harvard University, Fordham University and New York University. Additionally, he served as the regional education director for Europe, U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools. In 2006, he joined the Center for Naval Analysis Corporation as vice president and director of the Center for Education.

Spillane is a prolific writer, and has written two books and been published in numerous journals and magazines. He is often a keynote speaker at major national conferences and has been featured on radio and television. Many groups and organizations have recognized his leadership by awarding such honors as Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine, National Superintendent of the Year by AASA, Newsmaker of the Year by the Education Press Association of America, and Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Connecticut.

Spillane joined AASA in 1974.

 2010 Award_Darrell White
Darrell White of Bountiful, Utah. White has been an educator since 1959, and has played the parts of teacher, principal and superintendent of three different school districts. Additionally, he has served as executive director of the Utah School Superintendents Association and associate executive director of the Utah School Boards Association. After retiring from the superintendency, he accepted a position as deputy of education to Utah Governor Olene S. Walker. Finally, he served as commissioner of education of the states and as executive director of the Utah Partnership.

White’s work has led him to successfully effect educational advances by working with legislative leaders, and to maximize effectiveness by pulling together interested parties for unified efforts. Over the years, he has been honored with awards such as Superintendent of the Year for the state of Utah, National Administrator of the Year for the National Association of Gifted Children, and Educator of the Year for the Utah Curriculum Association.

White has been an AASA member since 1978.

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, 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.