Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award Form

Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award Form

The Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award is ASBA’s highest honor for a full board. This award recognizes an Arizona school board that has demonstrated outstanding education leadership for the year. It is named in honor and memory of former ASBA Executive Director Lou Ella Kleinz, who served the association from 1971 to 1991. 

The winning board will have shown board initiative, action and leadership in the following areas: 

  • Focuses on students 
  • Demonstrates progress in achieving goals 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to educational equity 
  • Fosters increased family involvement 
  • Develops collaboration within the community, such as with social agencies, community groups and other governing bodies 
  • Creates a district and school culture which fosters opportunity, access, inclusion and high expectations for all. 

Past winners may apply after seven years and a quorum of the board must be different than the previously winning board. 

The award is presented at the ASBA Tribute to Leadership General Session at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference. 

By a panel of past presidents of the Arizona School Boards Association 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Completed nomination/entry materials are being accepted now through deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022.  

  • To submit your nomination online, click here (link to gravity form)


Recognizing an Arizona school board that demonstrates outstanding education leadership.