Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent of the Ithaca City School District since 2011, has been named the 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the New York State Council of School Superintendents. ICSD officials announced the accolade at an event on Wednesday.
“Luvelle is truly deserving of this recognition for his leadership at the state and national levels, his effective and creative use of technology in education, and for his passion and dedication to the students within the Ithaca City School District,” said Dr. Charles Dedrick, executive director of the NYS Council of School Superintendents, in a statement. “In fact, Luvelle was the first person who introduced me to the importance of social media in education and was one of the reasons why I joined Twitter when I was a district superintendent.”
Dr. Brown has received various awards and recognition for his leadership, according to district officials. He was honored by the National School Boards Association as a “20-to-Watch” and received the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Award. In 2014, he received the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award, and was selected to speak at the Smart Schools Commission public symposium in New York City two years ago.
He has also been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation’s top 100 innovative superintendents, and thus was invited to be a featured speaker at President Obama’s first National Superintendent Summit at the White House.
The school district says its “graduation rate has skyrocketed from 78 percent to above 90 percent while all student groups are reaching unprecedented levels of performance,” since Dr. Brown’s arrival in 2011. “The amazing results and transformation in our school district are evident for all to see,” according to Board of Education president Robert Ainslie.
“Dr. Brown is both a friend and a colleague, and his progressive leadership and collaborative spirit have resulted in a school district that is inclusive, successful and results-driven,” said Cornell interim president Hunter R. Rawlings III in a congratulatory statement. “I am particularly grateful for the steady work of Dr. Brown and his team in developing world-class partnerships between the ICSD and Cornell University.”
“I am overjoyed,” said Dr. Brown in a statement. “This special recognition is a tribute to the exceptional efforts and accomplishments of the entire Ithaca City School District community.”