CHRISTOPHER – The Egyptian Division of the Illinois Association of School Administrators is pleased to announce the selection of Christopher Unit School District No. 99 Superintendent Richard Towers as the region’s Superintendent of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year. Mr. Towers, who has served as Christopher’s superintendent for 16 years, will represent school superintendents from seven southern Illinois counties in the statewide Illinois Association of School Administrators’ 2023 Superintendent of the Year and Superintendent of Distinction award programs. Towers received the award at the Division’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022.
“We are pleased to have a top-notch, experienced veteran like Mr. Towers representing our group,” selection committee member and Sesser-Valier Superintendent Jason Henry said in a written statement issued Thursday. “Rich has devoted his career to public service through education. He boldly faces the challenges in public education head-on, and builds even more capacity in others to do the same. He’s a focused, thoughtful, and encouraging superintendent who routinely rolls up his sleeves to do the tough work. He makes all of us stronger.”
“When the committee representative contacted me about their selection, I was speechless,” Towers said when asked about the award. “It’s really not about me, but rather, is a testament to the dedicated school staff members I have the privilege of working alongside every day. No one does the superintendent’s job single-handedly, and I’ve been blessed with an extraordinary team all along the way. It’s really all about that team.”
Towers’ award selection comes at a uniquely challenging time in public education in Illinois. “Richard embodies the idea of hard work, long-term dedication, and steady growth,” Waltonville School Superintendent and Egyptian Division President Mike Denault said after the award presentation. “He’s not only mastered the functional areas of school administration, but he thrives on seeing his people—students, staff members, and other professional colleagues—succeed. Genuine leaders like Rich work together, mostly behind-the-scenes, to make a difference for students. Rich is a servant-leader, and we’re proud that he will represent our region through this award.”
The Egyptian Division of IASA, the regional branch of the statewide superintendents’ association, serves district superintendents in Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Perry, Washington, Wayne, and White counties.