Eastern Kentucky University Announces Southeast South-Central Educational Cooperative “Experience Excellence” Superintendents of the Year

RICHMOND, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2023) Continuing a commitment to education throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and building on a rich, foundational history of preparing teachers and educational leaders, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is proud to announce the inaugural recipients of the “Experience Excellence” Superintendents of the Year.

The awards are given in conjunction with the Southeast South-Central Educational Cooperative (SESC). This partnership demonstrates EKU’s ongoing relationship with the state’s educational cooperatives, further defining a shared mission to transform the Commonwealth through educational practice, investment and leadership.

In this inaugural year, the EKU “Experience Excellence” Superintendent of the Year award employed a competitive process to identify Kentucky public school district superintendents with particularly notable talent and vision in instructional leadership, communication, professionalism and community involvement. Award recipients demonstrate through their practices and daily leadership the advancement of student success. They incorporate innovative thinking and bold action into their vision, and their transformational leadership style embraces guiding values of inclusion and trust.

The first SESC “Experience Excellence” Superintendents of the Year are:

  • Dr. Doug Bennett, superintendent of Laurel County Schools
  • Jeff Saylor, superintendent of Estill County Schools

Bennett and Saylor will be recognized on Feb. 9, 2023, at the SESC Board of Directors meeting.

Additionally, a single, one-time $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an EKU-bound high school senior in each of their districts.

Press Release from EKU

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