Superintendent Named 2017 Education Partner

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. James H. Hunderfund is among 14 honorees to be named a 2017 Nassau BOCES Education Partner award recipient. The honor is bestowed annually to individuals and organizations who have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County.

With nearly 50 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Hunderfund has spent more than 40 of those years in a leadership role. Before taking the helm in Malverne, he held successful tenure as superintendent of the Babylon and Commack school districts.

During his superintendency in Malverne, the high school was named a New York State Rewards School for the first time in history, made the National Achievement Honor Roll for Advanced Placement, was the only school in Nassau County to earn the National Policy Center’s Gold Award as a School of Opportunity, and has been ranked among The Washington Post’s Best High Schools in the U.S. for the past five years. The district’s Howard T. Herber Middle School was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and Davison Avenue Intermediate School was recognized by the State of New York for Best Instructional Practices.

Dr. Hunderfund’s leadership model is a collaborative one, making the entire Malverne community partners in the educational system. As superintendent, he expanded services to the region through an extensive volunteer program involving students, parents and residents and developed a number of committees bringing community groups and the schools together.

In recent years, Dr. Hunderfund has earned the Suffolk County Superintendents President Award and the SCOPE Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership. He has served as president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association, is a member of the SCOPE Board of Directors, and serves the Middle States Association as assistant chairperson of the school evaluation committee and as a progress report evaluator.

“Dr. James Hunderfund’s commitment to education on Long Island has made a positive impact on thousands of students throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties,” wrote his award nominator. “He has shown unwavering support of high-quality and challenging educational experiences for all. Dr. Hunderfund has demonstrated that he is truly an education partner in every sense of the word.”

Nassau BOCES created the Education Partner Awards to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to enable students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential.

Dr. Hunderfund will be honored at the 11th Annual Education Partner Awards Gala on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The gala is sponsored by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation, an independent, community-based organization devoted to enhancing educational opportunities for students who take part in Nassau BOCES schools, services or programs.