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Advocate for Education Award Recipients

We honor our greatest advocates.

These are folks who have gone above and beyond to improve education and improve the lives of students.


Through its Advocate for Education Award, the WSU College of Education recognizes the contributions of individuals, businesses or organizations who have advocated for good educational practice or policy on the state, regional or national level. The award is presented each fall at the Scholarship and Excellence event on Homecoming weekend.

Nominations for this award are much appreciated; nomination forms should be sent to Andrea Farmer. The final selection is made with the help of the College of Education’s Advisory Board, which is made up of community leaders and educators.

The nomination deadline is May 15.


2018: Lloyd Olson

2017: STCU

2016: Gene Sharratt

2015: Jack McKay

2014: Marcie Maxwell

2013: Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff; and Jon Gores, Senior VP

2012: Gary Kipp, director of the Association of Washington School Principals.

PEMCO Mutual Insurance Co.

The Center for Educational Effectiveness, founded by Sue Mills and Greg Lobdell.

2009: Mac Bledsoe, founder and president of Parenting with Dignity; and Bob Craves, founder and CEO of College Success Foundation

2008: Charles and Virginia Beresford, founders of the Washington State Teacher of the Year program

2007: Rep. Don Cox, a retired Washington legislator who advocated for strong educational policy

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