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Superintendent of the Year
Not many superintendents can match the endurance or tenure that Mark Friedman has enjoyed as chief of Libertyville SD 70 for the past 17 years. His career was celebrated Sunday, Nov. 23, when he was awarded the Illinois Superintendent of the Year honors from the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
"I guess if you hang around long enough," Friedman quipped, "these things are going to happen."
That remark, attributed to the late author and Pulitzer Prize winner Studs Terkel, set the tone for his own comments after receiving the award from IASA President Robert Gillum. The event took place at the third general session of the 2008 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago.
Friedman was selected from among more than 865 Illinois superintendents and will represent Illinois in the choice for National Superintendent of the Year recognition during the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference in February 2009.
Friedman, who has also served as an administrator in Lincolnshire and Itasca schools, said that superintendents are "sometimes acknowledged for their hard work and sometimes taken for granted. When things go well, they are celebrated; when they don't go well, they are blamed. Over time, these things even themselves out."
By working together, he continued, the superintendent, board and community are winners. "I urge you to work with and support your superintendent in good times and bad, and give them time to be successful," he said.
Libertyville District 70 is a high achieving system of five schools, kindergarten through eighth grade, with 2,650 students and 320 employees. During his tenure with District 70, four out of five schools have been awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award, with one school winning the honor twice.
A founding member of the IASA School for Advanced Leadership, Friedman has been an adjunct faculty member at National-Louis University and North Park University. He is also a trainer and presenter for the Illinois Administrators Academy, and a member of the National-Louis University Reading Advisory.
He is retiring at the end of the current school year.
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