Superintendent of Union Public Schools and Chair of the Tulsa Metropolitan Human Services Commission, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nominee: Geoffrey Canada
The district’s motto “Working to form a more perfect Union” was selected by Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden to inspire a constant focus on excellence. During her 15-year tenure Union Public Schools has been recognized as a premier school district dynamically evolving to provide educational and co-curricular opportunities for a growing student population in the Union communities of Tulsa and Broken Arrow.
Dr. Burden has been a psychologist and educator for thirty-six years and has received numerous awards including the Oklahoma State Superintendent of the Year, the University of Oklahoma’s Career Educator of the Year Award and one of the nation’s most Tech-Savvy Superintendents of the Year Award. She has been recognized as a “difference maker” by the OU College of Education, the Journal Record Woman of the Year program, Tulsa People and the Broken Arrow Ledger. Women in Communications has honored her as their Newsmaker of the Year and Union with their Benchmark Award. The Boy Scouts of America presented her with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award for unselfish service to the youth of America.
Dr. Burden is the chair of the Tulsa Metropolitan Human Services Commission and is helping to coordinate fund raising for the Tulsa Area United Way in the educational division. She is on the boards of the Community Action Project, the National Conference for Community and Justice, Junior Achievement, the Oklahoma Curriculum Improvement Committee, and the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. Previously she has served on the boards of the Tulsa Area United Way, Leadership Tulsa, the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, and the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition. She has participated in Leadership Oklahoma, the Educator’s Leadership Academy and is a member of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council and the United Suburban Schools Association.
Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
Nominee: Barbara O'Brien
In May of 2008, Zenaido Camacho, PhD (BA, Baylor University, Chemistry and Psychology; MA Baylor University, Biochemistry and Physiology; PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Chemistry) fulfilled the new role of Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Camacho came from El Paso, Texas, where he served as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Regional Dean at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in addition to holding an appointment as full professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology. He was instrumental in helping to establish this new medical school. Prior to his time at Texas Tech, Dr. Camacho served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Rice University, Senior Associate Dean at Baylor College of Medicine, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine, along with various faculty positions within these universities, including Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor of Community Medicine. During his 38 years of experience working in higher education, Dr. Camacho has received numerous awards and honors locally, statewide, and nationally. He has served on over 50 boards and has been Project Advisor and Principal Investigator on many funding projects.
Principal, Mansfield Public Schools, Mansfield, Connecticut
Nominees: Josephn Renzulli and Sally Reis
Mrs. Norma Fisher-Doiron, Principal of Southeast Elementary School in Mansfield, Connecticut, was named Connecticut’s 2008 National Distinguished Principal by the Connecticut Association of Schools and National Association of Elementary School Principals. She was chosen for her dynamic educational leadership and single-minded commitment to high levels of student achievement.
Mrs. Fisher-Doiron has been an educator for the last 39 years. She started her professional career in 1970 as a special education teacher. After seventeen years in a variety of teaching positions within the field of special and regular education, she assumed the roles of instructional leader and curriculum specialist for the West Hartford Public Schools in West Hartford, Connecticut. She also served as Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the Mansfield Public Schools in Mansfield, Connecticut. In her sixteen years as principal of Southeast, Mrs. Fisher-Doiron is credited with transforming a struggling school into a vibrant learning community with high academic standards and a “children always come first” philosophy.
Over the last several years, Mrs. Fisher-Doiron has been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and chairperson of the Higher Education Grant Committee for the Theta Chapter, which awards an annual grant to an aspiring teacher candidate. She also participates in other professional organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for Connecticut Association of Schools and the Connecticut Advisory Council for School Administrator Professional Standards. Mrs. Fisher-Doiron is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education. Recently, she co-authored the article entitled “Going Beyond the Basics to Reach All Children” for the May/June 2009 edition of Principal, a professional journal for elementary and middle-school educators.
Mrs. Fisher-Doiron earned her B.A. and M.S. at Central Connecticut State University and her sixth year certificate at the University of Connecticut.
John H. Schuh
Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, Iowa State University
Nominee: George D. Kuh
John Schuh is the author, co-author, or editor of over 235 publications, including 25 books and monographs, 70 book chapters, and over 110 articles. Among his recent books are Assessment Methods for Student Affairs, One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (with Kathleen Manning and Jillian Kinzie). Currently he is editor of the New Directions for Student Services Sourcebook Series and is book review editor of The Review of Higher Education. Schuh has made over 260 presentations and speeches to campus-based, regional, national, and international meetings.
John Schuh has received the Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Contribution to Knowledge Award from the American College Personnel Association, the Contribution to Research or Literature Award and the Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He is a member of the Iowa Academy of Education.
Schuh received a Fulbright award to study higher education in Germany in 1994, and was named to the Fulbright Specialists Program in 2008. He has been engaged with institutions of higher education in Scotland, England, Germany, Syria, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Hong Kong.
Principal, Morgan County High School, Madison, Georgia
Nominees: Harry and Rosemary Wong
Representing the students, teachers, parents and community of Morgan County, Georgia, Mark Wilson was named the Met Life/NASSP National Principal of the Year for 2009. The honor came as a result of the great efforts of all of these stakeholders to help students graduate from high school, to raise the expectations for student learning, and to help students be prepared for their lives after high school. With equal attention to collaboration, creativity, student and teacher empowerment, high expectations, personalization, and student engagement, academic success has been bountiful at MCHS. Over the past years there has a been a dramatic increase in the graduation rates (overall from 71% in 2004 to 87.5% in 2009; African-American rates from 49% in 2004 to 85.5% in 2009), participation in advanced (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement) courses (30 students in 2004 to 389 students in 2009), and in student success in post-secondary opportunities (including 82% of students moving to post-secondary options in 2009).
MCHS has been recognized as one of America’s Top 1500 High Schools by Newsweek, a National Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education, a Secondary Showcase School by the Center for Secondary School Reform, and a participant in the school showcase program of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. Teachers and students of MCHS frequently share their work and expertise with colleagues around Georgia, and throughout the nation.
Mark Wilson is a nationally recognized speaker, having delivered keynote and breakout sessions at national, state, and regional conventions across America for several years. Presenting a message of encouragement, hope, and pride in our profession of education, Dr. Wilson brings stories of the students and teachers of MCHS, and how their culture is built on “One Morgan” with “The Power to Act.”
A graduate of Clemson University, Mark served as a teacher and assistant principal in South Carolina prior to coming to Madison with his family in 2003. His wife Lisa is the Media Specialist at Morgan County Primary School, and daughters Anna (11th grade) and Ellen (9th grade) are students at MCHS.
Believing that the key to success for students in school is “passionate engagement in learning”, and that teachers are the inspiration for such engagement, Mark continues to teach daily at MCHS (AP Art History). Mark is a member of a number of state education committees, and is the Vice-President of the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals.
Katharine W. Winograd
President, Central New Mexico Community College
Nominee: Carolyn Witt Jones
Dr. Katharine W. Winograd was elected president of Central New Mexico Community College by the CNM Governing Board with a unanimous 7-0 vote. She officially began her tenure as president on July 1, 2007.
Dr. Winograd is the first female president of the college, which recently became the largest postsecondary institution in the state with nearly 25,000 students enrolled in college-credit courses. She is a highly respected leader in the New Mexico higher education community and a strong proponent for student success, education reform, educational collaboration and building stronger partnerships with business and community organizations.
Within the first two months of her presidency, Dr. Winograd led CNM into a landmark memorandum of agreement with the University of New Mexico that set the stage for a new era of higher education in New Mexico. The agreement paved the way for students to simultaneously access services from both of the institutions through a wide variety of initiatives and streamlined processes aimed at increasing pathways for student success. A year later, she was instrumental in forging another historic memorandum of agreement between CNM, UNM and Albuquerque Public Schools, one of the country’s largest public school systems.
From 1980-96, Dr. Winograd was a participant and leader in Kentucky’s education reform efforts while working at the Kentucky Council on Higher Education (1980-83), the University of Louisville (1983-95) and Fayette County Public Schools (1995-96). She has served CNM since 1997. Before being elevated to president, she was vice president for Planning and Budget.
Dr. Winograd earned her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and therapeutic recreation from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky. She holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of New Mexico.