ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree has been named as one of 27 nominees state-wide for the Georgia School Superintendent’s Association 2013 Superintendent of the Year Award.
Murfree, who was notified by letter last week of his nomination, was not selected as one of four finalists.
The Albany Herald has confirmed that Murfree’s name was placed into nomination by Dougherty Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer.
GSSA Executive Director Herb Garrett said Monday that the association sends nominating letter to the state’s school superintendents, assistant supers and school board chairs each year.
“We usually get between 27 and 32 nominations per year,” Garrett said. “They go into a pile and we have a panel of former winners select finalists.”
In letter from the GSSA to Murfree informing him of his nomination, Deputy Executive Director John Zauner wrote:
“I add my own congratulations to you for doing the kind of hard work for children that merits the submission of your name for consideration of such a prestigious award. While it is an honor to be named as a finalist for this prestigious award, I consider it high praise to be nominated.”
Superintendents Chris Erwin of Banks County schools, Thomas Lockamy of Savannah-Chatham County schools, Will Shofield of Hall County and Michelle Taylor of Calhoun city schools were the final four according to the GSSA.
Each of the finalists will now complete the AASA Superintendent of the Year application, and the judges will choose Georgia’s 2013 Superintendent of the Year after a review of that document. The winner’s name will be announced at the Nov. 30 Awards Luncheon during the GSSA/GSBA Winter Conference at the Waverly Hotel in Cobb County.