As part of the 48th Annual CASE Convention, CASE will be celebrating a few of its outstanding 2016-17 members, including our National and Departmental Award Winners. We hope you'll join us in celebrating them!


2017 Colorado Superintendent of the Year

 ~ Harry Bull ~

  Dr. Harry Bull was named the 2017 Colorado Superintendent of the Year in October 2016. This award is sponsored by the AASA, the School Superintendents Organization. Harry has served as the superintendent of Cherry Creek School District for four years. He has worked in education for a total of 37 years. Thank you, Harry, for all that you do for Colorado's students! Join us in celebrating this outstanding superintendent leader!

What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
Navigating the complexity of the work. Never before has the education mosaic been so abstruse. The interrelatedness of all of the pieces, some obvious, some not so obvious, presents a significant challenge to leaders in creating compelling vision and direction.


What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Be a good listener. Recognize that you do not know as much as you think you do and avail yourself to the learning. Be introspective and learn from your setbacks, as well as your success.


What are the most important decisions you make as a school or district leader?
The hiring of people. In school districts there are no more important decisions than who is hired to lead and to teach. It’s about the people.


What is your proudest moment or accomplishment as a school leader?
Serving as Superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District.


What do you know now that you wish you knew at the start of your career?
The need to continually assess the balance between urgency and patience. There are times when it is important to be patient; there is also an urgency to the work. It is not an either/or, but a yes/and.


Read the full press release announcing Harry Bull as the 2017 Superintendent of the Year here.


Nominees for this award will be accepted in Fall 2017. 


The Colorado Association of School Executives ( is the preeminent professional association for public school administrators in Colorado. The organization’s mission is to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning and networking to deliver on the promise of public education.

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