Announcement: Changes Coming to NJSPRA Communicator of the Year Award
Effective 2024, NJSPRA will be restructuring our Communicator of the Year Award to align with the newly developed National School Public Relations Association's (NSPRA) School Communicator of the Year Award. Changes will include new eligibility requirements, new criteria and application process, and a new timeline. Through this change, our NJSPRA recipient then becomes eligible to compete for NSPRA's award. We will be notifying all members as soon as we have plans finalized. Stay tuned.
The New Jersey School Public Relations Association announces Dr. Nicholas Diaz, shared Superintendent of Schools of Franklin Township School District and Union Township Schools in Hunterdon County, as their 2023 Communicator of the Year. This annual award recognizes exemplary leadership and commitment to enhanced communication and relationship-building between public schools and the stakeholders they serve. NJSPRA President Paul Zeller and President-Elect Maren Smagala presented Dr. Diaz with the award during the association’s Annual Meeting on May 12, 2023.
About Dr. Diaz, Franklin Township School District Board of Education President Karen Sutton wrote in her nomination letter, “He has a remarkable talent for presenting complex information in a clear and concise manner, making it accessible to all members of our community. Whether he is speaking with parents, teachers, students, or community leaders, Dr. Diaz always takes the time to listen to their concerns and respond thoughtfully.” Union Township Schools Board of Education President Mr. Lou Palma made a similar affirmation in his nomination letter, noting, “Through surveys and analysis of website traffic and social media engagement, Dr. Diaz has been able to measure the effectiveness of our communication efforts and make data-driven decisions to improve our outreach.”
Dr. Nicholas Diaz, shared Superintendent of Schools of Franklin Township School District and Union Township Schools, receives the NJSPRA 2023 Communicator of the Year award from NJSPRA President Paul Zeller (left) and NJSPRA President-Elect, and 2021 Communicator of the Year, Maren Smagala.
Learn more about Dr. Diaz here.