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
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
“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.