Superintendents to Watch

Each year the National School Public Relations Association recognizes up to 25 superintendents as "Superintendents to Watch." Honorees are school district leaders who have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and who demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. They use communication technology in innovative and effective ways to engage and inform their school communities and to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts.  

Nominees should have:

  • Fewer than five years of cumulative experience as a superintendent of schools in a school district/school board system(s) at the time of nomination;
  • Implemented a communication program for the district that includes the use of new communication technology as well as more standard communication tools;
  • Integrated communication goals and strategies into the district’s strategic plan; and
  • Active, visible involvement in the district's communication effort (e.g., tweets, blogs, participates in face-to-face engagement activities, responsive to media requests, models good communication for staff).

Nominees do not have to be an NSPRA member.

Selected superintendents receive a recognition award and an individual profile highlight in an NSPRA e-newsletter. They are also invited to attend the next NSPRA National Seminar at a discounted price.

For the 2019-20 school year, nominations were due by Friday, June 19. Selected honorees were announced in September 2020. 

For more information about this program, contact Communication Manager, Rebecca Shaw at or 301-519-1221. 

2020 Superintendents to Watch Honorees

  • Dr. Kimberly Berman, Mill Valley (Calif.) School District 
  • Dr. Lewis Brooks, Shelby County Schools, Columbiana, Ala.  
  • Dr. C. Todd Cummings, South Bend (Ind.) Community Schools Corporation  
  • Dr. Laurie Dent, Sumner-Bonney Lake School District, Sumner, Wash.
  • Dr. Robert Downs, Buford (Ga.) City Schools
  • Dr. Russell Dyer, Cleveland (Tenn.) City Schools  
  • Dr. Christopher Fuzessy, Foothills School Division, Alberta, Canada
  • Dr. Tawana Grover, Grand Island (Neb.) Public Schools  
  • Jodie Hausmann, Bay Village (Ohio) City School District
  • A. Russell Hughes, Walton County School District, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
  • Dr. Brad Hunt, Coppell (Texas) Independent School District 
  • Dr. Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga, Tenn. 
  • Dr. Anthony Lewis, Lawrence (Kan.) Public Schools
  • Dr. Demetrus Liggins, Greenville (Texas) Independent School District
  • Dr. David Mauricio, Peekskill City (N.Y.) School District
  • Dr. Jenny McGown, Klein (Texas) Independent School District
  • Dr. Matthew Mingle, Warren Township (N.J.) Schools
  • Dr. Martin Pollio, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Ky.
  • Dr. Ian Saltzman, Everett (Wash.) Public Schools
  • Ted Stec, Lombard (Ill.) School District 44
  • Michael Vuckovich, Indiana Area (Pa.) School District
  • Tracy Wheeler, Berea (Ohio) City School District
  • Dr. Jim Wipke, Ladue School District, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Dr. Robert Zywicki, Mount Olive Township School District, Flanders , N.J.

View a list of past Superintendents to Watch honorees.