LaRuth Gray Receives 2015 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award

James Minichello


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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.

A retired 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.

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About AASA
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