Educational Administration

University of Nebraska Kearney Leaders in Education and Service Award

Superintendent of Fillmore Central Schools, Mark Novell received 2014 UNKLES Award during the College of Education Awards Ceremony in May 8th. 

Mark and his wife Crystal are pictured with the Educational Administration Department, Dr. Tom Jacobson, Dr. Ken Nelson, and Dr. Dick Meyer.



Membership in University of Nebraska at Kearney Leaders in Education and Service (UNKLES) is earned by hard work and achieved by invitation only.  An UNKLES Membership is viewed as a single honor to be bestowed annually on deserving nominees.  Honorees receive a special award during the College of Education Awards Ceremony each year.

A nominee for the UNKLES Award must demonstrate the following qualities:

  • The candidate must have served with distinction for at least five years as an administrator in any public or private school(s)
  • The candidate must exhibit the ability to inspire school board members, district staff members, and community residents to combine resources in behalf of school district goals and objectives.
  • The candidate must have broad knowledge of the processes of teaching and learning as they are applied in the school district’s classrooms and in the surrounding community.
  • The candidate must have a personal inclination toward community service that goes beyond “public relations,” and renders important services to individuals and groups on the basis of observable need.
  • The candidate must have earned a Master’s or Specialist’s Degree in Educational Administration from Kearney State College / University of Nebraska Kearney.


Only previous UNKLES Awards Recipients can nominate an administrator for membership in UNKLES as long as he or she has firsthand knowledge of the administrator’s performance and are willing to write a strong testimonial in the nominee’s behalf. 

UNKLES Awards Recipients

2014

Mark Novell

2013

Cynthia Huff

2013

Greg Barnes

2012

Dr. Robin Stevens

2011

Larry Ramaekers

2011

Jeffrey West

2010

Jay Bellar

2009

Bill Mowinkel

2008

Max Kroger

2008

Mark Skillstad

2007

Cynthia Wendell

2007

Renee Hyde

2006

Steve Wilson

2005

Margene Beatty

2004

Glen Morgan

2003

Bradley Cabrera

2003

Barry Ballou

2003

Stanley Kravig

2002

Nyla Alexander

2001

Timothy O’Dea

2001

John Frates

2000

Dr. Dallas Watkins

1999

Marvin Shreve,

1999

Nathan Stineman

1998

Dr. Harlan Metschke

1998

Dr. Kristine Wolzen

1997

Rodger Gage

1997

William Gettman

1996

Dr. Wayne Bell

1996

Al  Schneider

1996

Dr. Patricia Hoehner

1995

Dr. Florence Sukraw

1995

Eugene Armstrong

1995

Jonathan Burkey

1994

Dr. Leonard Skov

1994

Leroy Hoehner

1993

Dr. Randy Nelson

1993

Vikki Deuel

1993

Thomas Best

1992

Dr. Michael Cunning

1992

Joseph Toczek

1992

Dr. Alan Katzberg

1991

Dr. Mary Kamerzell

1991

William McGahan, Jr.

1991

Dr. James Tenopir

1991

Larry Roth

1991

Mark Alderman

1991

Clayton Illian

1991

Gary Fisher