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Western Illinois University alumnus Craig J. Hintz was recently named 2013 Indiana Superintendent of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. Hintz earned an education specialist degree from WIU in 1980.

Alumnus Named Indiana Superintendent of the Year

October 24, 2012


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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University alumnus Craig J. Hintz was recently named 2013 Indiana Superintendent of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS).

According to the IAPSS, Hintz is superintendent of Warsaw Community School Corp. in Indiana, and as result of the honor, he becomes the representative in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year program. Hintz has served as Warsaw Community Schools superintendent since 2009.

"At a time when school districts across the state are wrestling with declining resources and increased expectations, under Dr. Hintz's leadership Warsaw Community School Corporation is flourishing by maximizing outside resources," said IAPSS Executive Director Walter Bourke. "The district was selected earlier this year by the Indiana Department of Education to receive the state's largest innovation grant to create an elementary school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academy. It was also the Organizational Partner of the Year for 2011 for OrthoWorx, a community-based initiative working with the orthopedic industry and other stakeholders in the Warsaw area. Dr. Hintz and the district are using these grants and partnerships to develop strategic focus, enhance academic programs and provide leadership training for administrators and principals."

According to an IAPSS press release, Hintz is working toward making Warsaw Community Schools the education capital of Indiana and a national model for educational excellence. In addition to creating the elementary STEM academy, the Warsaw Community School Corp. recently implemented full-day kindergarten in all elementary schools. The district also enhanced its world language offerings, including Mandarin Chinese, as well as adding courses in dance, culinary arts, biomedical, Project Lead the Way curriculum for STEM, orchestra, and additional Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit courses. During Hintz's tenure, the high school graduation rate has increased by nearly 12 percent and student achievement has increased exponentially, ranking 11th in the state for growth, the press release stated.

Hintz previously served as a school improvement specialist in Minnesota; an associate deputy and associate superintendent for the Minneapolis Public Schools; associate superintendent for the Minnetonka (MN) Public Schools; superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indianapolis; and an administrator and teacher in the North Scott (Iowa) Community School District.

Hintz earned his bachelor's degree from Truman State University, his master's degree from Phillips University, an education specialist degree from Western Illinois University in 1980 and his education doctorate from Indiana University. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force; he retired from the United States Army Reserve at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

For more information, contact Bourke at IAPSS at (317) 639-0336 or Marilyn Shank,
from Shank Public Relations Counselors, at (317) 293-5590.

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