South Huntington School Board President Jim Kaden has been named Advocate of the Year by the New York State Boards Association.
School Superintendent Thomas Shea made the announcement at a school board meeting Wednesday at Whitman High School.
Kaden will be honored March 11 in Albany for epitomizing school board member advocacy.
"I would point out that they only select one individual in all of New York state," said Shea.
Each year, the NYSBA honors one person for work which serves as an inspiration to other local school leaders about the importance of state and federal advocacy to public education, according to nomination guidelines.
Serving more than 700 boards of education, the NYSBA is made up of apporoximately 5,000 school board members, who constitute half of the elected officials in the state of New York, according to the NYSBA.
Re-elected in July in South Huntington, Kaden is serving his 15th term as board president.