Kansas Education Commissioner Watson receives USA-Kansas award

Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson has been named the recipient of the 2020 United School Administrators of Kansas Outstanding Service Award.

The award, presented to Watson on Friday by USA-Kansas Executive Director G.A. Buie, is the highest recognition the organization bestows upon an individual member and is given to one who has provided exceptional contributions to the profession and their organization and exhibits exemplary leadership to education in Kansas.

Watson has been the state’s chief education officer since 2015 and before that served as a superintendent and assistant superintendent of McPherson USD 418 for 22 years. He began his education career in 1981 as a high school social studies teacher in Tescott.

A native of Coffeyville, Watson earned his bachelor’s master’s and doctorate degrees at Kansas State University. The recipient of many awards, he was named superintendent of the year in 2015.

Since being named state education commissioner, Watson has led Kansas in the effort to redesign schools within the vision of the State Board of Education to focus on individual student success, both academically and in social and emotional growth.

When presented with the award, Watson thanked USA-Kansas saying, “What an honor. On behalf of myself and everyone in the agency, we hope that we have been a help and of service.”

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