Former Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Earl Lennard has been chosen to received the Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award from the University of South Florida’s College of Education at a ceremony on Friday, October 10.
Lennard, who served as superintendent from 1996 through 2005, will receive the award as part of USF’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards. The event will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m. in the College of Education Rotunda. The awards will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the TECO Hall. Dr. Lennard will give a “Last Lecture” speech as part of the ceremony.
Also being honored at the ceremony will be Pasco County teacher Freda Abercrombie, who will receive the Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award.
Dr. Lennard is a founding graduate of USF’s College of Education, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in the inaugural 1963 class. After graduation, he started teaching elementary school to save money to go to law school, but instead found his calling in the classroom.
After a 41-year career in education, Dr. Lennard was appointed in 2009 as Hillsborough County’s Supervisor of Elections where he served successfully until 2012 when he retired.