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Jan. 31, 2014

Alexandria, Va. – Patricia Culler of the Illinois Association of School Boards will receive the 2014 Thomas Shannon Award for Excellence from the National School Boards Association at NSBA's Leadership Conference in Washington on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Culler is IASB’s assistant to the executive director and director of IASB meetings management. She began working at IASB in 1964, when the organization had five employees. Today it has more than 70.

“In her remarkable career, Pat has become an extremely valuable asset to our Illinois affiliate,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “Her work and the relationships she has cultivated over the past 50 years have helped build the organization, which in turn improves public schools for the children in Illinois.”

The Shannon Award, established in 1997 in honor of former NSBA Executive Director Thomas A. Shannon, is given annually to recognize extraordinary efforts performed on behalf of NSBA, local school board constituencies and school communities.

IASB Executive Director Roger Eddy echoed Gentzel’s praises.

“Pat Culler has demonstrated that one person can make a difference, not only to one state school board association, but to a national mission,” he said. “When she started, IASB was a small organization working out of a few offices.  Now, largely due to Pat's efforts over the years, it is among the national leaders in fulfilling the mission of excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education. She is retiring after 50 years of dedicated service to IASB and this award is a fitting capstone to an amazing career.”

Culler is responsible for managing the logistics for IASB’s annual conference, which draws more than 10,000 attendees, and other organization events. She also works closely with IASB’s executive director and board of directors to facilitate information and communications.

IASB is one of the oldest state school board associations in the country, having celebrated its 100-year anniversary in December 2013. The mission of the Illinois Association of School Boards is “excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education.”

More information about NSBA’s 2014 Leadership Conference can be found at .

Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Working with and through our state associations, NSBA advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. 

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