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FSUCOE alum receives distinguished leadership award

November 18, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

: Kim McWilliams
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November 2013

Jablon Receives Distinguished Leadership Award

TALLAHASSEE, FL – William “Bill” W. Jablon, headmaster of Maclay School, was recently honored with the Southern Association of Independent Schools’ (SAIS) 2013 Distinguished Service Award. This award is given by the SAIS Board of Trustees to a head of school or senior administrator in recognition of a long and distinguished career in independent education, of which 25 years or more was spent in service to one school, as well as service to SAIS. The award is typically given at the end of one’s career. Jablon was recognized at the SAIS Annual Conference on Saturday in Atlanta.

The creation of this award in 2012 was inspired by the life and work of Dale Regan, who devoted 34 years of her life to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, and who, posthumously, was the award’s first recipient.

Jablon has served at Maclay school in Tallahassee, FL, since 1976. During his tenure, he lead Maclay through tremendous change and improvement: growing from ten faculty teaching 130 students, 1st through 9th grade, on a 44-acre campus; to 96 faculty members teaching 936 students, Pre-K through 12th grade, on a 100-acre campus.

Jablon holds degrees from Boston College and Florida State University, served as president of the SAIS board of directors, president of the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and a board member of NAIS from 1990 to 1994. Bill served as the first private school chair of the Florida Committee of SACS. Over the course of his career, Bill has chaired over 85 accrediting teams for FCIS and SACS. He was most recently honored by the Maclay Board of Trustees with the official naming of the newly renovated Lower School in his honor.

SAIS is a membership organization that provides independent schools with high quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs. SAIS currently has 362 member schools, representing more than 200,000 students.

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