Jay Himes Receives Education Policy Leadership Award
Late last month, the Education Policy and Leadership Center awarded Jay Himes with the prestigious Edward Donley Education Policy Leadership Award for his policy engagement during his twenty-three years of service as executive director of PASBO.The Education Policy and Leadership Center, which is focused on encouraging and supporting the development and implementation of effective state-level education policies, established the Edward Donley Education Policy Leadership Award in 2004. Named after its first recipient, Edward Donley, who served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and a member and chair of the board of directors of the Education Policy and Leadership Center, the award recognizes education leaders who demonstrate dedication to improving the effectiveness of local, state and national education policy.
Jay Himes, the 2019 award recipient, has been recognized and valued as one of Pennsylvania's leading voices on significant statewide education policy issues for more than twenty years. His leadership of PASBO, an association that represents and supports thousands of school leaders responsible for school district finances and operations, has positively impacted not only the practice of school business, but also the entire policy landscape that defines the operation of and educational programming in Pennsylvania's 500 school districts.
Himes' tireless advocacy on behalf of school districts has resulted in significant policy changes on everything from local earned income tax collection to school construction reimbursements, and his knowledge and expertise assisted in the development of new state formulas for the distribution of special education and basic education subsidies.
His advocacy efforts have also been invaluable in educating school leaders, policymakers, the media and others on complex school funding issues and on the important role education finances and operations play in ensuring successful educational programs and outcomes for students.
While Himes recently retired as PASBO executive director, he currently serves as leadership advisor for the association, continuing his engagement in advocacy on the policy issues that are impacting school districts.
Himes is a certified association executive from the American Society of Association Executives, and he earned degrees from both Bethany College and the University of Pennsylvania.