HAMPDEN, Maine — RSU 22 Superintendent Richard Lyons is this year’s recipient of a leadership award granted annually by the New England Association of School Superintendents.
Lyons accept the Dr. Alice Duckworth Achievement in Education Award late last week during the association’s annual fall conference in Portsmouth, N.H.
Named after the late Alice Duckworth, a former Connecticut superintendent and longtime executive director of the association, the award is presented each year to an outstanding New England educational leader and strong advocate for public education who exemplifies Duckworth’s outstanding qualities of service to the community, students and the profession, according to the group.
On hand for the award ceremony were Lyons’ wife, Patricia, who teaches first grade at Earl C. McGraw School in Hampden, and Kelly Bickmore, chairwoman of the RSU 22 board of directors.
RSU 22 comprises Hampden, Newburgh, Winterport and Frankfort. Lyons also serves as superintendent for the Veazie Community School District.
After graduating from the University of Maine in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Lyons began his education career as an elementary teacher in St. Albans, Vt.
He then returned to Maine, where he taught in Washburn and then served as a teaching principal and supervising principal in Presque Isle. During that time, he earned a master’s degree in educational administration and certificate of advanced graduate study in superintendency, both from the University of Maine.
Lyons was hired for his first superintendent’s position in 1990 in Dover-Foxcroft and became RSU 22’s superintendent in 1992.
Lyons also received the American School Health Association’s School Health Leadership Award in 2010, the Commissioner of Education’s Distinguished School Superintendent Award in 2007 and the State of Maine Superintendent of of the Year Award in 2004.
Lyons also has served on a number of boards and committees including the New England Association of School Superintendents; the Maine Superintendents Association, for which he served as president in 2002; the Maine Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, for which he served as chairman of the board of directors in 2007; and the Maine Leadership Consortium.
A marathon runner, Lyons also has a keen interest in health education, serving on committees and presenting at conferences on health and wellness. He was a member of the Acadia Hospital board of trustees from 2001 to 2013, including a term as chairman.