17 September, 2010 - 06:00
Ronald Wolff, Superintendent of Schools in the Box Elder School District and former Superintendent of Schools in the Morgan School District, has been named the 2010 Utah Superintendent of the Year.
After being one of three superintendents nominated for the award by members of the Utah School Superintendents Association, Wolff was selected by the Utah Public Education Coalition. The Education Coalition is comprised of leaders from the Utah Elementary Principals Association, the Secondary Principals Association, the Utah School Superintendents Association, the Utah PTA, the Utah School Boards Association, the Deans Council, and the Utah School Employees Association. Superintendent Wolff will now represent Utah in the National Superintendent of the Year program.
Superintendent Wolff is in his forty-second year as an educator. His professional journey has included work in eight districts located in six different states. He has served as a coach, athletic director, social studies teacher, assistant high school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and as a superintendent for the past eighteen years. He assumed the responsibility of Superintendent in the Box Elder School District in July after serving as the Superintendent in Morgan County for the past thirteen years. Wolff was the Superintendent in Bear Lake County, Idaho before going to Morgan. He returns to the Box Elder School district after being gone for twenty-nine years. He began his administrative career as the assistant principal at Box Elder High School.
Superintendent Wolff came to Morgan during a period of unrest and controversy. With the help of the Board and staff, controversy and unrest was replaced by support and confidence. The district’s financial challenges were resolved, enrollment increased, and a bond was passed that provided for major remodeling and new additions at two schools as well as the construction of another elementary school. Morgan School District is now known for excellence in education, a strong activities program, and an outstanding instructional staff.
Superintendent Wolff is best known for his honest, open communication with the board, community and staff that he serves. He spends a great deal of time in schools where he declares that his best days come when he is able to visit teachers and students involved in the learning process. He believes that a school district’s personnel are divided into two groups, teachers and support staff. The job of the support staff is to remove barriers and help the instructional staff facilitate learning. Wolff, as well as the other administrators he serves with, is proud to be part of the district’s support staff.
In addition to work in his school district, Superintendent Wolff has been actively involved in the Utah School Superintendents Association. He is currently serving his second term as the president of the USSA. He has also served as the first and second vice-president of that organization. He was the co-chair of the USBA/USSA/UASBO legislative committee during the 2010 legislative session and will continue in that position during the upcoming legislative session. Wolff was also a member of the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission for several years as well many other statewide committees associated with public education. He is currently serving as a member of Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission.
Superintendent Wolff and his wife, Susan, have six children and sixteen grandchildren. Three of their children are professional educators. Superintendent Wolff indicates that his career as an educator has been extremely satisfying and if he had to do it all over, he would still choose to become a teacher.