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Georgia superintendent named National Superintendent of the Year

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March 2, 2015 – A Georgia school leader has been recognized as the nation’s top superintendent.


Dr. Philip Lanoue, superintendent of the Clarke County School District, on Thursday was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).


Lanoue has served as Clarke County’s superintendent since 2009; prior to that he was an administrator for the Cobb County School District. In December, he was named Georgia Superintendent of the Year.


“I’m thrilled Dr. Lanoue has been recognized for his work on behalf of Georgia’s students, and offer him my sincere congratulations,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “He has done incredible work in Clarke County. His strong system-level leadership is essential to improving the education system in Clarke County, Georgia and the United States. And, of course, I’m proud to say that the best superintendent in the nation is from Georgia! I know students will benefit from his influence for years to come.”


Under Lanoue’s leadership, the Clarke County School District has been honored as a Title I Distinguished District and has received numerous state recognitions. All of the county’s middle schools, and two of its high schools, are now International Baccalaureate Authorized World Schools. 


Lanoue received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University, his M.Ed. in Administration and Planning from the University of Vermont and his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Vermont. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia.


Read the AASA’s release here.


Read the Clarke County School District’s release here.​