Superintendent of the Year

NASS presents the Superintendent of the Year Award each year to a superintendent who has shown tremendous effort and dedication to enriching the lives of children and the community as a whole.

The Nevada Superintendent of the Year is recognized for strong leadership, creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students, communication skills, professionalism, community involvement and the success of students that has taken place during their tenure.

NASS Names Pershing County School District Leader 2022 Nevada Superintendent of the Year

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Russell Fecht, superintendent of Pershing County School District in Lovelock, Nevada, has been named the 2022 Nevada Superintendent of the Year. The announcement came at a Nevada Association of School Superintendents (NASS) business meeting. 

Regarded as the most comprehensive professional learning and networking event for school superintendents and administrators, this event is addressing the most critical issues affecting public education today, including leading through the COVID-19 pandemic, equity in education, social and emotional learning, personalizing education, technology and school safety.

Fecht says this really is a team effort and a team award, "I want to thank our community, our students, our staff, our school board, our families, and our community partners. This is really a great recognition for the Pershing County School District and the community at large.  It validates the work of so many.  He added that he was honored to be among the group of those superintendents who previously earned the Nevada Superintendent of the Year award.


Russell Fecht was selected as superintendent by the Pershing County School Board July 2015. He previously served as the Pershing County High School Principal from August 2006 to June 2015.  He is known regionally as the NASS’s President during the 2020 - 2021 school year.  He has previously served in the capacity of vice president and secretary-treasurer.  
Now in its 34th year, the National Superintendent of the Year® program, co-sponsored by AASA, AIG Retirement Services and First Student, celebrates the contributions and leadership of Nevada public school superintendents.


“Congratulations to Russell Fecht for his outstanding contributions to the Pershing County School District community, especially during such challenging times,” said Susan Keema, NASS executive director. “He is an extraordinary superintendent, who exemplifies the important work of all superintendents to create positive pathways for students in these extraordinary times.”

“Superintendent Fecht was outstanding leading our organization of Nevada superintendents through the toughest days of the pandemic and our most recent legislative session,” said Dr. Summer Stephens, NASS President.  “His demeanor and rapport with the state superintendent and legislature were critical to the success that districts had in terms of remaining open and helping to stave off unnecessary and even potentially damaging legislation.  His recent appointment to the Nevada State Board of Education will provide our lead learner voice at the table of decisions at the state level." 

Russell Fecht will have the opportunity to participate in The AASA National Superintendent of the Year® program which is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors Canadian and other international school superintendents. The applicants will be measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system;

  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication;

  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team; and

  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the 2022 AASA National Superintendent of the Year® to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.


The AASA National 2022 Superintendent of the Year will be named during their February 17-19, 2022, National Conference on Education.