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Dan and Cheryl Yunk Award
for Excellence in Educational Administration

The Dan and Cheryl Yunk Award for Excellence in Educational Administration recognizes the importance of school administrators in establishing environments that promote student learning. The award is named in honor of Dan and Cheryl Yunk, exemplary teachers and administrators throughout their careers in the Manhattan-Ogden school system. The purpose of this award is to advance public recognition and recruitment for graduate programs in Educational Leadership at Kansas State University by honoring an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in providing or promoting the administration of P-12 schools in Kansas.


Lawrence schools Superintendent Rick Doll has been named the 2016 recipient of an award from Kansas State University's College of Education.

The Dan and Cheryl Yunk Excellence in Educational Administration Award honors school administrators for their expertise and impact, according to a KSU news release.

The award was established in honor of the Yunks and recognizes the importance of educational administrators in establishing environments that promote student learning. Throughout their careers, the Yunks were teachers and administrators in the Manhattan-Ogden School District.

"I have known Dan and Cheryl Yunk for many years," Doll said in the release. "It is both humbling and gratifying to be honored with this award in their name because as an administrator, I am keenly aware of their many contributions to the field of education."

Doll earned his bachelor's degree in history at McPherson College and a master's degree and a doctorate in educational administration from Kansas State University. Doll began his position as superintendent of Lawrence public schools in 2009 and will resign at the end of June. Doll announced in November that he had accepted a full-time position as associate professor and executive director of the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute at Kansas State University.

Source: Lawrence Journal-World, May 12, 2016

Previous Awardees

Andy Tompkins
Mary Devin
Larry Dixon
G. Kent Stewart
Max Heim
Dale Dennis
John Heim
Diane DeBacker
Corbin Witt