Administrative Leadership Institute Concludes

Jamie Neuwirth, Google Regional Program Manager for Education, speaks to conference goers about technology-integrated education.
Written by: Justin Ikpo (
Post date: November 13, 2015

The Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI) concluded Thursday at Texas A&M University. Over 150 superintendents and educators from across the state gathered at the annual conference to exchange ideas on improving student success and promoting innovation within schools districts.

Since its formation in 1908, ALI has become a staple in the development of Texas school districts through programming, networking and problem-solving.

Google representatives were present at this year’s conference to talk about their Impact Student Learning campaign. The campaign focuses on the continuing growth of technology-integrated education. A number of representatives led in-depth discussions with conference goers about modern developments in classroom culture and showcased numerous Google applications aimed at assisting educators with student engagement.

“Technology can be a small piece of curriculum, but it can help students become very engaged,” said Jamie Neuwirth, Google Regional Program Manager for Education. “It is our job to build tools, but get out of the way and leave it to administrators to implement them into your classrooms.”

Numerous educators were recognized during the award ceremony Wednesday. The coveted Golden Deeds for Education Award was given to recipient Dr. Jimmie Don Aycock.

Dr. Aycock earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Texas A&M in 1969 and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1970. He owned and operated veterinary clinics in Killeen, Copperas Cove, and Harker Heights through 1998. Dr. Aycock then led his focus towards education, serving as treasurer of the Central Texas College board of trustees in Killeen and serving on the Killeen ISD school board.

In 2006, Dr. Aycock was elected to the Texas Legislature. He is currently the chairman of the Public Education Committee and a member of the Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  

“As far as golden deeds, I don’t believe that there is anyone more deserving of the Golden Deeds Award than Dr. Aycock,” said Dr. Robert Muller, Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.

Additional awards were given out to educators. Superintendents Dr. Clark Ealy of College Station ISD and Dr. Thomas Wallis of Bryan ISD were both awarded the Hoyle Awards in Educational Leadership. The award, which is named after renowned Texas A&M professor John Hoyle, is given to recipients who make a difference in the lives of the youth in their communities. 

Dr. Ealy has served in many roles as an educator in his career including a teacher, coach and administrator. He began his tenure at College Station ISD in 2000 as the Director of Program Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability. He became the district’s superintendent in June 2014.

Dr. Wallis has worked in education for over 20 years — serving as an administrator, teacher, coach, and mentor. He has worked for many districts across the state and has received a number of accolades including “Region 6 Superintendent of the Year” for 2014, from the Texas Association of School Boards.

Dr. Jerry Hall received the Thomas Poe Regional Service Center Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership to school administrators around his region that spans over 50 years of service.

Two students received awards for their continued work and scholarly achievement during their doctoral studies. Lixia Qin received the T.M. Stinnett Academic Fellowship Award and Jeffrey Bailey received the Paul R. Hensarling Distinguished Graduate Student Award.

“I think it’s important to stop and recognize those who deserve recognition,” said Dr. Robert Muller. “The recipients this year exemplify effective leadership.”