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Quincy leader named Superintendent of the Year

A former music teacher who rose through the school administrative ranks has been named "Superintendent of the Year" for the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Thomas Leahy, currently superintendent at Quincy Public SD 172, will represent Illinois at the American Association of School Administrators' conference in February to compete with superintendents from all 50 states vying for AASA's national "Superintendent of the Year" honors.

"I feel like a turtle on top of a fence," Leahy said in accepting his award during Saturday's second general session at the IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO Annual Conference in Chicago. "I certainly didn't get up here all by myself."

Leahy, who has been superintendent in Quincy since 2003, began his career in 1973 at Aviston Elementary School. He subsequently taught band and chorus at Breese Central High School, and then moved to Pike County, where he served principalships at Griggsville Unit 4 and West Pike Unit 2 in Kinderhook before becoming an assistant superintendent in West Pike. His first superintendent's position was in Payson CUSD 1 from 1994-2000. He then served as superintendent in Central CUSD 3 in Camp Point before accepting the superintendent's position in Quincy in 2003.

Leahy holds an associate of arts degree from Springfield College; a bachelor's degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago; a master of science degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; and an education specialist degree from Western Illinois University.

Previous honors include "Principal of the Year" for Region III Illinois Principals Association, the 2005 Western Illinois University Arnold Salisbury Education Administration Leadership Award and the Alliance Library System 2005 "Administrator of the Year."

A native of Glenarm, Ill., and a graduate of Glenwood High School, Chatham, Leahy and his wife, Joyce, have three children and five grandchildren.



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