The KSPA Administrator of the Year Award recognizes secondary school administrators who have stood up for the First Amendment and his/her students. The winner is honored at the State meeting in May following a presentation at the administrator’s home school district.

Download the Administrator of the Year form here. 

Past Administrator of the Year winners include:

  • 1990, Gary Graber, Nickerson High School
  • 1991, James Baker, Maize High School
  • 1992, Jim Heiman, F.L. Schlagle High School
  • 1995, Robert Little, Phillipsburg High School
  • 1997, Bill Edwards, Washburn Rural High School
  • 1999, E. Jane Botz, Salina High School South
  • 2000, William D. Parker, McPherson High School
  • 2001, Rebecca Lisher & Warren Watson, Shawnee Heights High School
  • 2003, Rick Weiss, Chase County High School
  • 2004, Larry Bernard, Russell High School
  • 2007, Ted Berard, Lawrence Free State High School
  • 2008, Ken Thiessen, Wichita East High School
  • 2011, Bill Anderson of Sterling High School
  • 2012, Jack Koehn of Canton-Galva High School
  • 2013, Charles McLean of Shawnee Mission West High School
  • 2015, Jon Bishop of Pittsburg High School
  • 2016, Dr. Linda Wiley of Topeka High School
  • 2017, Doug Sallee of Junction City High School
  • 2018, Marla Hayden of Wichita Public Schools
  • 2019, Tim Hamblin of Derby High School
  • 2020, Chris Botts of Maize High School
  • 2022, Administrative Team from USD 383

Here are the five Administrator of the Year criteria:

  • Supports the Kansas Student Publications Act and the First Amendment
  • Provides adequate and appropriate financial support for student media
  • Understands the importance of journalism’s place in a complete secondary school curriculum
  • Encourages academic and professional growth, both for students and for journalism teachers
  • Provides personal support and encouragement for students and journalism advisers