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Dr. Virginia Collier Receives Prestigious 2013 Golden Deeds Award at ALI

Dr. Virginia Collier joins a group of distinguished Texas educators as the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Golden Deeds Award. Presented at the Administrative Leadership Institute in College Station on Wednesday, Collier was recognized as an individual who has, through actions and deeds, improved the educational system in Texas to enrich the lives of all Texas public school students.

Collier spent 35 years in Texas public schools, serving as a classroom teacher, principal, and superintendent. As a true trailblazer, Collier was the first woman to serve as president in the 75-year history of the Texas Association of School Administrators. She also served as president of the Texas Council of Women School Executives and, at the national level, provided leadership on numerous committees for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Through her work in AASA, Collier represented the United States in China, Russia, Brazil, and across Europe as a delegate for the International Seminars on Schooling.

Following her work in public schools, Collier continued to impact education as an associate professor of educational administration at Texas A & M University where she co-authored three books on the superintendency. She has received numerous awards during her career, including the Jane Nelson Friend of Community Education award, the Masonic Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for Educators and was recognized as one of the outstanding educators in the nation by Phi Delta Kappa.

The Golden Deeds for Education Award is considered the most coveted award in the field of Texas education. The Texas A & M University Department of Educational Administration and Human Resources Development and the Texas Association of School Administrators present the Golden Deeds Award at the Annual Administrative Leadership Institute. The award has been presented since 1964.