Wayzata School Board member Linda Cohen has been named to the Minnesota School Boards Association's (MSBA) 2017 All State School Board, the organization's most prestigious annual award.
Cohen is only the second Wayzata School Board member to receive this honor, and one of only seven All State Board honorees from across the state this year. Former Wayzata School Board member Patricia Gleason received the award in 2006.
Cohen has been a member of the Wayzata School Board since 2000 and has served in every position on the board (chair, vice chair, treasurer and clerk) during her 16+ year tenure. She most recently served as chair in 2014 and 2015. Cohen has also served on the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents since 2007.
When nominating Cohen for the prestigious award, fellow board members shared that, "Linda has been an exemplary leader during a time that our district has seen many changes and challenges due to demographic changes, ongoing financial challenges, sustained and robust resident student growth and educational evolution in the areas of content, delivery and philosophy.
"The All State School Board represents the highest example of board service. These are school board members who are committed to student achievement, determined to build support for their local schools and unwavering in their pursuit of what's best for students," MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind said.
"Each and every day, thousands of students are receiving a better education because of Linda's dedicated efforts," shared Superintendent Chace Anderson. "She has contributed to the development of an educational program in Wayzata that is second to none. Many of our students' successes can be attributed to Linda's tireless efforts to establish effective policies that help ensure a quality experience for all students."
La Donna Hoy, executive director of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners echoed this sentiment, "Linda is the kind of wise and seasoned leader every effective board dreams of." "Her commitment to the pursuit of excellence for each and every student all along the way—no matter the challenge—inspires the best in all of us who have the privilege of working with her."
Cohen will be honored at MSBA's Annual Leadership Conference on Thursday, January 12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.