The National School Board Association announced Savannah-Chatham Board of Public Education President, Dr. Joseph A. Buck, III, as the recipient of the 2012 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award. The National School Board Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education gives the award each year.
Buck received the award on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the 2012 CUBE Annual Conference in Atlanta. CUBE honored Buck for his efforts to improve student achievement and management in the school district as well as his efforts to increase community engagement in the district’s public schools.
“The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Dr. Buck’s strong focus on improving public schools in the Savannah-Chatham school district,” said Minnie Forte- Brown, Vice Chair of the CUBE Steering Committee. “We were impressed with Dr. Buck’s leadership and his commitment to equity, opportunity, and access for all the students in his community.”
The award is given to individuals who demonstrate a long-standing commitment to the educational needs of urban school children through school board service.
In addition to Buck’s service with the Savannah- Chatham County School Board, he spent nearly 40 years as an administrator at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, most recently as Vice President of Student Affairs. During that time, he also built partnerships between the university, the school system and key businesses. Two local programs that he has helped implement include Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia, which help local professionals gain leadership skills and a greater understanding of their community. Buck recruited many teachers and administrators to these programs and used his positions on the groups’ boards of trustees to build partnerships between schools and the business community.
He is also a member of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s education advisory group, which meets quarterly to discuss issues facing schools in the state.
CUBE represents more than 100 urban school districts in 35 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The districts that comprise CUBE educate nearly 7.5 million students in more than 12,000 schools. Benjamin Elijah Mays, whom the award honors, was a teacher, minister, author, and civil rights activist who served as president of Morehouse College and the Atlanta School Board from 1970 to 1981.
For more information about and CUBE and the Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award, please visit www.nsba.org/ cube or call Alexis Rice, NSBA Communications Director at 703-838-6744.