October 11, 1999 GENEVA, NY – Roy Dexheimer, the vice president of institutional advancement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been awarded the 1999 Distinguished Service Award by the New York State Council of School Superintendents. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the school superintendents council. Dexheimer was presented the award at a banquet earlier this month in Albany before a group of nearly 600 school chiefs from across the state.
Dexheimer is a former council president who provided educational leadership in New York State for more than 40 years. He retired in January to take a top post at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Most recently, Dexheimer served as District Superintendent at Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES for 18 years. He is a former superintendent of schools in Batavia, and in South Kortright Central School District.
Robert L. Loretan, the executive director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, praised the quality of service Dexheimer gave while working in the state school system. He said Dexheimer set the standard for leadership.
“For more than four decades Roy has provided exemplary leadership in New York State that reflects on all of us in the educational community. His efforts resulted in school improvement programs that have emphasized accountability and increased student learning at the school building level. His strong character, trust in people, and ability to communicate with everyone set the standard for us all,” Loretan said.
Dexheimer said he is proud to have brought that leadership experience back to his alma mater — full time. Dexheimer has served on the Colleges' Board of Trustees since 1973. He graduated from Hobart College in 1955, being named outstanding senior. He was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship in 1961 and began his career as a superintendent of schools in 1963, at the age of 29, and just completed his 35th year as a superintendent.
Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith, offered congratulations on Dexheimer's achievement award and thanks for his continued service to the Colleges. “We benefit enormously from Roy's wisdom, humor, and continued commitment to this institution,” Gearan said.
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