Time to Nominate the 2024-2025 New Jersey Board Member of the Year

In recognition of school board members’ service, leadership and contributions to education, NJSBA has established the New Jersey Board of Education Member of the Year Award. Given annually, the award honors an individual board member who: makes significant contributions to public education; exemplifies leadership in the field of education with a strong commitment to the children of New Jersey; demonstrates a strong commitment to their personal and professional development as a board member; and shows active involvement in school governance at the local, county and state levels.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations for the New Jersey Board of Education Member of the Year must be submitted on the 2024-2025 NJSBA-BMOY-nomination-form. Board members, superintendents, business officials, staff and community members may nominate individuals for the award. County Associations may nominate board members from their own counties.

Current NJSBA officers and staff may not nominate candidates for the award nor may current NJSBA officers be nominated for the award.

Criteria for Nomination

  1. Current member of a local board of education at the time the application is received.
  2. Served a minimum of 5 consecutive years on his/her local board of education.
  3. Certified Board Member through the NJSBA Board Member Academy.
  4. Demonstrated leadership, service and contribution to education at the local, county and state levels.

All nominations are to:

  1. Be made on the 2024-2025 NJSBA-BMOY-nomination-form.
  2. Additional information may be provided; however, no more than three additional pages of data may be submitted with the nomination form including letters of support.
  3. The nomination form must be signed. Signature of nominator indicates endorsement of the nominee. Electronic signatures are acceptable.
  4. Include in the application a statement of the board member’s unique and recognized achievements in the areas of service, leadership and contributions to education at the local, county and state levels.
  5. All information requested on the nomination form must be provided.
  6. Be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 2024.  No late entries will be considered.

Selection Procedure

All eligible nominations are forwarded to the officers of another state school boards association. These officers review the nominations, select the winner of the New Jersey award and forward their selection to the NJSBA President.


The New Jersey Board of Education Member of the Year will be recognized in the following manner:

    1. Recognized at NJSBA’s Workshop 2024 in Atlantic City.
    2. Presented with a plaque conveying the honor.
    3. Recognized through a news release sent to statewide and local media.
    4. Recognized in School Board Notes.
    5. Featured in an issue of School Leader magazine.

 2024-2025 NJSBA-BMOY-nomination-form.

Email nomination form to: 

Ann Marie Smith: amsmith@njsba.org

Subject line: ‘BMOY’

Any questions, contact Ann Marie Smith.