South Central Ohio Educational Service Center Governing Board Member Dwight A. “Tony” Dunn has received the Advocate of Education Award from the Ohio School Boards Association.
The Advocate of Education Hall of Fame Award is the highest level of recognition in the Southeast Region. This award was established in 2007 and is presented annually at the region’s Fall Conference. Each year, the region executive committee selects an individual, business or corporation that has roots in the Southeast Region and has gone above and beyond in advocating for children and public education in the region and across the state. The award recognizes true trailblazers – those who do not just walk a path, but instead clear a pathway for others to follow.
Dunn began his career as an educator in 1987 for Kenton County Schools in Kenton County, Ky. There he served the district as a classroom teacher, volleyball coach, dean of students and athletic director. In 1992, he paddled across the Ohio River and continued his career in Ohio in Madeira City Schools as a school counselor and volleyball coach; Milford Exempted Village Schools as assistant principal and principal; Georgetown Exempted Village Schools as superintendent and in 2011 became superintendent of Belpre City Schools where he remained until his retirement in 2019 following a career spanning 34 years.
“As I look back at my career, the 8 years I spent in Belpre were the most productive and rewarding as well as the most challenging,” Dunn said. “My team and I did some outstanding work with the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative during the Race to the Top and Straight A initiatives. I think we improved the educational experiences for not only our students, but rural students throughout the United States. Working with Jim Mahoney and all the great people at Battelle For Kids as well as other districts in Southeast and Southwest Ohio made us all smarter and helped our kids achieve more than anyone ever thought possible.”
Dunn made many trips to Columbus to testify before the House Finance Committee on HB 49, and he was the driving force on helping pass a school levy in Belpre City Schools for New Operating money. He has been recognized with the Courage Award presented by Ohio Governor John Kasich; Warren Russell Award from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Citizen of the Year from the Belpre Youth Chamber of Commerce.
Since his retirement, he has found another way to serve as a governing board member of the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Boston.
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