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A statewide council of school superintendents has named Orleans-Niagara BOCES’s Clark J. Godshall its 2014 New York state school superintendent of the year.

The statewide award makes Godshall a candidate for national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators.

The New York State Council of School Superintendents cited Godshall as a “nationally recognized school leader and an international advocate for students.”

“He is an experienced and involved leader on the local, state and national level, always keeping children’s interests at the center of his decision-making while seeking optimum efficiencies for his component school districts,” wrote Mary Beth R. Fiore, president of the council, in a statement announcing the award.

Godshall, of Barker, was nominated for the award by Becky Albright, president of the Orleans-Niagara BOCES School Board.

In a written statement, Albright called Godshall a “role model for all educational leaders.”

“His expertise, talent and creativity are examples to other educators, parents, community members and students,” Albright said.

Godshall has served as district superintendent of the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services for 14 years.

He is a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

Before serving as district superintendent, Godshall was assistant district superintendent for administration at Orleans-Niagara BOCES. He also previously worked as assistant superintendent of Penn Yan Central School District and as a high school science teacher in Hilton.