The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) has announced the selection of Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, superintendent of Franklin County Schools, as the recipient of the Dr. Brad Sneeden Leadership Award.
The award is presented in honor and recognition of a superintendent who has demonstrated a strong commitment to life-long learning, unwavering integrity in leadership and transformation of vision into action.
This annual award is presented to a graduate of the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association's Next Generation Superintendent Development Program (NGSDP), a program which is designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina's public schools.
Dr. Schuhler was selected by former Brad Sneeden Leadership Award recipients.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Brad Sneeden who was serving as Carteret County Schools' superintendent at the time of his death in October, 2008 at the age of 56.
Among the innovative efforts he brought to this district was the establishment of the Marine Science Academy, later renamed as a memorial to him, which exposes students to hands-on marine science activities.
Previously, Dr. Sneeden served as the associate vice-president for leadership development and director of the Principals' Executive Program, the deputy state superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education, an adjunct professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and director of the Office of School Services at East Carolina University, and as the Craven County Schools' superintendent.
Dr. Sneeden led with innovation and vision in preparing administrators for visionary leadership while never wavering from ethics of the highest order, NCSSA officials said.
"I am very appreciative of this honor. I believe in the importance of modeling expectations, and the commitment to lifelong learning and continuous improvement are important tenets of our work in educating students for future success," Dr. Schuhler said.
"Dr. Brad Sneeden exemplified this commitment, and I am humbled to be recognized with an award that honors his legacy," she added.
Pictured (Above): AWARD PRESENTED. Franklin County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rhonda Schuhler receives an award from Jack Hoke, executive director of the NCSSA. This presentation was made prior to the Sneeden Leadership Award and was made just prior to social distancing rules.