State Leader of the Year Award

The State Leader of the Year (SLY) Award recognizes an active SETDA SEA member who has exhibited outstanding leadership by advancing educational technology in their state or collaborating with peers through SETDA initiatives. A SLY nominee creates positive change for SETDA and its members and furthers our mission by engaging with the broader education community at the regional, national, or international levels.

Nomination Process
To be eligible, SLY nominees must work within a state education agency or an affiliated state agency. 

State and affiliate members may submit nomination letters before August 31, 2023. The letter should include the name of the person you are nominating and a description of that person’s contributions, accomplishments, and impact. Send nominations to [email protected].


Doug Casey Headshot2022 Doug Casey
Connecticut State Commission for Educational Technology

Doug Casey is the Executive Director for the Connecticut State Commission for Educational Technology (CET) where he designs and manages strategic plans that ensure the successful integration of technology in Connecticut’s schools, libraries, universities, and towns. The CET oversees statewide programs such as its flagship research and education broadband network, the Connecticut Education Network.

His prior experience includes managing technology and security for a network of magnet schools that are helping to close the achievement gap between urban and suburban learners. He began his career as a middle school English teacher and brings a diversity of experience to every challenge—from managing online publications for the Smithsonian Institution to systems engineering for the U.S. House of Representatives and national security agencies.

Mr. Casey is an active member of SETDA and currently serves as the Past Chair of the SETDA Board of Directors.

Current and previous SLY award recipients at the 2022 Leadership Summit

SETDA State Leader of the Year Recipients 

2021 Julia Legg West Virginia Department of Education
2020 Sandy O’Neil New Jersey Department of Education
2019 Julia Fallon Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
2018 Jerome Browning Utah Education and Telehealth Network
2017 Stan Freeda New Hampshire Department of Education
2016 Candice Dodson Indiana Department of Education
2015 Peter Drescher Vermont Agency of Education
2014 Laurence (Larry) Cocco New Jersey Department of Education
2013 Jeff Mao Maine Department of Education
2012 Wayne Hartschuh Delaware Center of Educational Technology
2011 Stephen Sanders Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
2010 Carla Wade Oregon Department of Education
2009 Rick Gaisford Utah State Board of Education
2008 Jayne Moore Maryland State Department of Education
2007 Lan Neugent Virginia Department of Education
2006 Melinda Maddox Alabama State Department of Education
2005 Michael Golden Pennsylvania Department of Education
2004 Anita Givens Texas Education Agency
2003 Brenda Williams West Virginia Department of Education
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