PICKNEYVILLE — Pickneyville Elementary School school superintendent has been named superintendent of the year by the Egyptian Division of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Tim O’Leary, who has served as superintendent of Pinckneyville School District No. 50 for 23 years, represents school superintendents from seven Southern Illinois counties in the statewide Illinois Association of School Administrators’ Superintendent of Distinction award program, according to a news release from Du Quoin Community Unit School District 300 Superintendent Gary Kelly’s office.

“We are pleased to have an experienced veteran like Mr. O’Leary representing our group,” selection committee member and Du Quoin Superintendent Gary Kelly said in a written statement issued Tuesday. Kelly went on to explain that O’Leary is the longest serving school superintendent in Southern Illinois.

“Throughout his career, he has led his district by example, nurturing and mentoring his local and regional colleagues, both formally and informally in the process,” Kelly said in the release.

The release said this nomination comes at a critical juncture in public education in Illinois and that O’Leary has been an excellent example to other educators.

“Tim embodies the idea of hard work, dedication, and progressive education,” Sesser-Valier Community Unit School District No. 196 Superintendent Jason Henry said. “He’s not only strong in the functional areas of school administration, but he loves helping students and staff members succeed.”

The Egyptian Division of IASA, the regional branch of the statewide superintendents’ association, serves district superintendents in Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Perry, Washington, Wayne, and White counties.