LaRuth Gray Receives 2015 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award
San Diego, Calif. –
Feb. 26, 2015 – LaRuth Gray, a longtime educator who has dedicated her life
to improving the quality of education and the quality of life for vulnerable
children, was honored today by AASA, The School Superintendent Association,
with the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award. The award was presented at
AASA’s 2015 National Conference on Education in San Diego, Calif. where the organization is
celebrating its 150th anniversary.
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.
superintendent of schools in Westchester County, N.Y., she currently serves as
Scholar in Residence at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education
and Human Development’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the
Transformation of Schools. Prior to that, she served as affiliate faculty at
NYU and deputy director of the Center.
Among the accomplishments attributed to Gray are the
design, development and execution of a plan for the reorganization of the New
Rochelle Public Schools to address the twin problems of minority isolation and
declining enrollment. During her superintendency tenure, Gray was honored by
the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Alliance for Arts Education as
an outstanding educator contributing to and supporting the arts in education.
She has also been recognized by the Dean of the NYU’s Steinhart
School with a Faculty Award for Outstanding Service; the National School Boards
Association as one of the “100 Outstanding Educators in Small School Districts
in North America”; the Congressional Black Caucus Education Braintrust for her
Excellence and Equity in Education; AASA as one of the ten pioneering Sheroes
for helping break the glass ceiling for women in education for the last three decades.
She also received the prestigious Evelyn Campbell Award (former Wisconsin
Commissioner of Education) from AASA’s Women’s Caucus.
For more information about AASA’s National Conference on
Education, click here.
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.