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David Sovine, Superintendent, Frederick County Public Schools, Winchester, Va. and Jeff Smith, Superintendent, Hampton City Schools, Hampton, Va.

Nominated By: Howard B. Kiser, Executive Director, Virginia Association of School Superintendents

Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent, Slate Valley Unified School District, Fair Haven, Vt. and Zach McLaughlin, Superintendent, Springfield School District, Springfield, Vt.

Nominated By: Jeffrey D. Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

Kim Alexander, Superintendent, Roscoe Collegiate ISD, Roscoe, TX

Nominated By: Kevin Brown, Executive Director, Texas Association of School Administrators

David Styler, Superintendent, Millard County School District, Delta, Utah, and Lance Hatch, Superintendent, Carbon County School District, Price, Utah

Nominated By: Terry E. Shoemaker, Executive Director, Utah School Superintendents Association


Warner Ross, Director, Hardeman County Schools, Tenn., And David Martin, Superintendent, Tennessee School For The Blind

Nominated By: Dale P. Lynch, Executive Director, Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents


Rosemarie Kraeger, Superintendent, Middletown Public Schools, Middletown, R.I., And Barry Ricci, Superintendent, Chariho Regional Schools, Wood River Junction, R.I.

Nominated By: Thomas DiPaola, Executive Director, Rhode Island School Superintendents Association


Debbie Hamm, Superintendent, Sumter County Schools, Sumter, S.C.

Nominated By: Beth Phibbs, Executive Director, South Carolina Association of School Administrators


David Baugh, Superintendent of Schools, Centennial School District, Warminster, Pa., and Richard Sniscak, Superintendent, Parkland School District, Allentown, Pa.

Nominated By: Mark DiRocco, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators


Heidi Sipe, Superintendent, Umatilla School District, Umatilla, Ore., and Tim Sweeney, Superintendent, Coquille School District, Coquille, Ore.

Nominated By: Craig Hawkins, Executive Director, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators


Chuck McCauley, Superintendent, Bartlesville Public Schools, Bartlesville, Okla.

Nominated By: Pam Deering, Executive Director, Oklahoma Association of School Administrators


Chris Pfister, Superintendent, Waynesfield Goshen Local Schools, Waynesfield, Ohio, and Joelle Magyar, Superintendent, Brecksville Broadview Heights, Brecksville, Ohio

Nominated By: R. Kirk Hamilton, Executive Director, Buckeye Association of School Administrators


Cory Steiner, Superintendent, Northern Cass School District 97, Hunter, N.D. and Robert Lech, Superintendent, Jamestown Public School, Jamestown N.D.

Nominated By: Aimee Copas, Executive Director, North Dakota Association of School Administrators


Lorna R. Lewis, Superintendent, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, Plainview, N.Y. and Hank Grishman, Superintendent, Jericho School District, Jericho, N.Y.

Nominated By: Charles S. Dedrick, Executive Director, New York State Council of School Superintendents

Freddie Williamson, Superintendent, Hoke County Schools, N.C. and Janet Harmon Mason, Superintendent, Rutherford County Schools, N.C.

Nominated By: Katherine Joyce, Executive Director, North Carolina Association of School Administrators

Michael Salvatore, Superintendent, Long Branch Public Schools, Long Branch, N.J. and Kathleen W. Taylor, Superintendent, Ocean City School District, Ocean City, N.J.

Nominated By: Richard G. Bozza, Executive Director, New Jersey Association of School Administrators

Sue Cleveland, Superintendent Rio Rancho Public Schools, Rio Rancho, N.M. and Ricky Williams, Superintendent, Hagerman Municipal Schools, Hagerman, N.M.

Nominated By: Craig Hawkins, Executive Director, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

Robert Watson, Superintendent, Bozeman Public Schools, Bozeman, Mont. and Ron Whitmoyer, Superintendent, East Helena Public Schools, East Helena, Mont.

Nominated By: Kirk Miller, Executive Director, Montana Association of School Superintendents

M. Jeremy Tucker, Superintendent, Liberty 53 School District, Liberty, Mo.

Nominated By: Doug Hayer, Executive Director, Missouri Association of School Administrators

Brian Flones, Superintendent, Wenatchee School District, Wenatchee, Wash. and Michelle Whitney, Superintendent, Pasco School District, Pasco, Wash.

Nominated By: Joel Aune, Executive Director, Washington Association of School Administrators

Brian Harvey, Superintendent, Oxford School District, Oxford, Miss. and Amy Carter, Superintendent, Meridian Public Schools, Meridian, Miss.

Nominated By: Lisa B. Karmacharya, Executive Director, Mississippi Association of School Administrators

Jay Haugen, Superintendent, Farmington Area Public Schools, Farmington, Minn. and Stephen Jones, Superintendent, Little Falls Community Schools, Little Falls, Minn.

Nominated By: Gary M. Amoroso, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Jeffrey Collier, Superintendent, Au Gres-Sims School District, Au Gres, Mich.

Nominated By: Christopher A. Wigent, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators

Mary Bourque, Superintendent, Chelsea Public Schools, Chelsea, Mass. and Eric Conti, Superintendent of Schools, Burlington Public Schools, Burlington, Mass.

Nominated By: Thomas A. Scott, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents

Randal Chickadonz, Superintendent, Rose Hill Unified School District #394, Rose Hill, Kan., and Chad Higgins, Maize Unified School District #266, Maize, Kan.

Nominated By: Gene A. Buie, Executive Director, United School Administrators of Kansas

John B. Gaddis, Superintendent, Somerset County Public Schools, Westover, Md., And Theresa R. Alban, Superintendent, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick, Md.

Nominated By: Renee McGuirk-Spence, Executive Director, Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland

Brent Colbry, Superintendent, Milford School District, Skowhegan, Maine and William Webster Jr., Superintendent, Lewiston, Maine

Nominated By: Eileen King, Executive Director, Maine School Superintendents Association

Tom Ahart, Superintendent, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, Iowa

Nominated By: Roark R. Horn, Executive Director, School Administrators of Iowa

Carmen I. Ayala, the former superintendent of North Berwyn School District 98, State Board of Education, Ill. and Jeff Dosier, Superintendent, Belleville Township High School District No. 201, Belleville, Ill.

Nominated By: S. Brent Clark, Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Administrators

Cherryl Paul, Superintendent, Sacaton Elementary School District, Sacaton, Ariz.

Nominated By: Mark Joraansted, Executive Director, Arizona School Administrators

Eddie Tyler, Superintendent, Baldwin County Public Schools System, Bay Minette, Ala.

Nominated By: Ryan Hollingsworth, Executive Director, School Superintendents of Alabama

Jeff Butts, Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indianapolis, Ind. and Rocky Killion, Superintendent, West Lafayette Community Schools, West Lafayette, Ind.

Nominated By: John T. Coopman, Executive Director, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents

David Aiken, Superintendent, Lapwai School District #341, Lapwai, Idaho, and Jeff Dillon, Superintendent, Wilder School District, Wilder, Idaho

Nominated By: Rob Winslow, Executive Director, Idaho Association of School Administrators

Curtis Jones, Superintendent, Bibb County Public School District, Macon, Ga. and Michael Duncan, Superintendent, Pike County Schools, Ga.

Nominated By: John Zauner, Executive Director, Georgia School Superintendents Association

Shawn Larrimore, Superintendent, Laurel School District, Laurel, Del. and Victoria Gehrt, Superintendent, New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, Wilmington, Del.

Nominated By: Tammy Croce, Executive Director, Delaware Association of School Administrators

Kenneth Di Pietro, Superintendent, Plainfield Public Schools, Plainfield, Conn. and Nathan D. Quesnel, Superintendent, East Hartford Public Schools, East Hartford, Conn.

Nominated By: Frances Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

Rico Munn, 2019 Colorado Superintendent of the Year, Aurora Public School District, Aurora, Colo. and Deirdre Pilch, Superintendent, Greeley-Evans School District, Greeley, Colo.

Nominated By: Lisa Escarcega, Executive Director, Colorado Association of School Executives

Jon Collins, Superintendent, West Memphis School District, West Memphis, Ark., and Tony Thurman, Superintendent, Cabot School District, Cabot, Ark.

Nominated By: Richard Abernathy, Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators