Perry recognized as ‘Superintendent to Watch’ at NSPRA 2022 Conference in Chicago

Superintendent poses with a president of national organization to pose for a photo holding award.
Dr. David Perry stands with NSPRA President Nicole Kirby during the 2022 NSPRA conference in Chicago.

Dr. David Perry, Superintendent for South Colonie Schools, was recognized over the weekend as a ‘Superintendent to Watch’ by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) at their annual conference in Chicago.

Perry joins just 19 other superintendents nationwide who were selected for the honor in recognition of their innovative and effective use of technology to engage and inform the school community, and to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts.

“A heartfelt thank you to the National School Public Relations Association for recognizing me amongst the many talented individuals in the field of education, ” said Perry.  “I am very humbled by the nomination alone but to be a recipient shows that our work truly makes a difference in our communities that we serve.  I believe this recognition is a reflection of the team of talented individuals that I am fortunate to have supporting me and our district.”

South Colonie’s communication efforts led by Perry utilizes a blend of technology to successfully plan, develop and deliver district news for not only district families, but for staff and faculty. He has shown strength in utilizing multiple platforms to engage the school community and students. From online surveys to shaping discussions using community forums, he continues to keep the conversation moving while building the narrative of school pride, teamwork and the intellect that’s being delivered throughout the district.

 “Strong communication at the district level continues to be more important than ever in keeping school families, employees, students and community stakeholders well-informed and engaged,” said NSPRA Executive Director Barbara M. Hunter, APR. “We’re proud to recognize this year’s recipients, who are committed to championing innovative communication efforts as an integral part of their district’s success.”

Since the 2015-16 school year, NSPRA has recognized 102 school district leaders as Superintendents to Watch. Honorees must have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and must demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.

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As the leader in school communication, NSPRA serves more than 2,000 members, who work primarily as communication directors in public school districts and education organizations throughout the United States and Canada. NSPRA provides high quality professional development programming through on-demand learning, an annual National Seminar, webinars, online forums and resources. For more information, visit NSPRA’s website at