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Alum receives OSPA’s HR 2017 Leadership Award

June 06, 2017

Jerry Copeland, Director of InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) and Graduate School alumnus, is the recipient of the Oregon School Personnel Association Human Resources 2017 Leadership Award.

As described on their website, the Oregon School Personnel Association Human Resources Leadership Award is given to an active member of OSPA who has distinguished him/herself in personnel administration; is involved and a contributing participant in personnel functions and/or programs; whose contributions have had a significant impact on public education; is a skilled manager of change and is creative in his/her approach to personnel administration; approaches personnel administrative work with a sense of humor and sense of respect for his/her fellow persons.

Since 1986, Jerry has served in a wide range of education leadership positions as a teacher and administrator in addition to extensive community and statewide board service.

Highlights from his nomination include:

“He leads by example.”

“His approach to learning is contagious!”  

“He is always looking for ways to improve himself so he can improve others.”

“Jerry is going to leave a legacy behind. He represents everyone here!! I wish he would never retire!! When he leaves he will leave us in such a better place. I am so thankful that our superintendent saw him and brought him to us!! There could not be anyone better than Jerry for what he has done for this organization!”

OSPA is delighted to recognize Jerry for his exceptional leadership and service. He represents OSPA’s mission in action – keeping the best people in front of Oregon’s students.

To learn more about OSPA and the 2017 awardees, visit their website.

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