UM’s Educational Leadership Honors Alumnus for Excellence in School Administration

November 17, 2017

David WickMISSOULA – The Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Montana presented the 2017 Education Leadership Excellence Award to alumnus David Wick in October.

A distinguished educator for 38 years, Wick has spent the past 21 years of his career working for the Columbia Falls School District as a junior high teacher, principal and director of elementary education. Wick’s tenure as an educational administrator is marked by his distinct culture of caring, highlighted by high expectations for all in the educational community.

Among Wick’s accolades are being named Montana’s Distinguished Elementary Principal and Montana’s Distinguished Middle School Principal. In 2012, Wick earned even greater recognition when he was presented with the National Distinguished Principal Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Wick currently serves as vice president for the National Association of Elementary School Principals and will assume the role of president in 2018.

“An accomplished graduate of the UM Department of Educational Leadership, Wick exemplifies the successful administrator UM strives to create in every graduate and all the distinguishing features of an Education Leadership Excellence Award recipient,” said Bill McCaw, associate professor in UM’s Department of Educational Leadership.

 The Educational Leadership Excellence Award was established in October 2000.  Every autumn educational leadership faculty within the department convenes to reflect upon the accomplishments of alumni who have made significant contributions to education through their vision and action. From this conversation, an awardee is selected.

Each October a reception is held in their honor at the Montana Conference of Education Leadership, where the recipient is publicly recognized by educational leaders from across Montana.

UM’s Department of Educational Leadership comprises faculty who are dedicated to effective teaching, scholarship and service. Each program within the department carries national, regional and state accreditation and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Montana Board of Public Education. Students access M.Ed., Ed.S., Licensure, Ed.D., and Ph.D. coursework from across Montana, throughout the United States and around the world. Remote- access classes allow students to attend face-to-face classes via robotic telepresence.

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Contact: Peter Knox, Peter Knox, communications manager, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education & Human Sciences, 406-243-4911,