Robert Gibson of Questar III BOCES and the Brittonkill Central School Board wins State School Boards’ highest award

FOR RELEASE:  July 30, 2014

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Robert Gibson, president of the Questar III BOCES board and former president and member of the Brittonkill Central School District Board of Education, is the 2014 winner of the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service. The honor is the New York State School Boards Association’s top award for school board service.


Gibson has served on the Questar III BOCES board for 21 years, including 13 years as the board president.  He previously completed nine years of service with the Brittonkill Central school board, including eight years as president.  Gibson also has served on the Tech Valley High School Operating Board since its inception. 


“I have served with Bob on the Tech Valley board and can attest to his commitment to public education,” said Lynne Lenhardt, NYSSBA president. “He is the consummate school board member and an outstanding role model for others. Bob is a fitting recipient of this award.”


For the last 20 years, Gibson has presented workshops on parliamentary procedure for new board members.  He regularly attends the annual NYSSBA convention, where he serves as a delegate to the annual business meeting.  Gibson has traveled often to Washington, DC, to advocate on behalf of NYSSBA with one-on-one meetings with state and national leaders.


Gibson has been active in his community for 35 years in various roles and capacities. His volunteer positions have included president of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors, chairman of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council, president of the SUNY Registrar’s Association, president of his church council, and a member of the Protestant Campus Ministry Board at the University at Albany.


Gibson has a personal connection to each of the three counties served by Questar III BOCES. He grew up in Columbia County, graduating from the Germantown Central School District.  He spent his college summers working in Greene County, and he raised his family in Brunswick, Rensselaer County.


The NYSSBA Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to one current or former school board member in recognition of extraordinary service to public education and the children of his or her community. It is the highest tribute NYSSBA bestows upon a school board member.


Photo provided: Robert Gibson


About NYSSBA: The New York State School Boards Association represents more than 650 school boards and more than 5,000 school board members in New York. NYSSBA provides advocacy, training, and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state's public schools.

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