Steve Gabriel of Grand Ledge HS was MIPA's 2015 Administrator of the Year
Steve Gabriel of Grand Ledge High School was recognized in 2015 as MIPA's Administrator of the Year for his support of the school's journalism program.

MIPA’s Administrator of the Year award recognizes administrators who have shown strong interest in and support for scholastic journalism.

Selection is based on a portfolio, which should include letters and other documentation that illustrate support for the journalism program, adviser and students. Portfolios should be specific and should address the following areas:

  • Awareness of current issues in journalism
  • Journalism’s place in the curriculum
  • Understanding of the role of secondary administrators in journalism curriculum
  • Allowing students press freedom
  • Financing
  • Encouragement of academic and professional growth
  • Personal support and encouragement
  • Each member school may nominate one person for this award.

Previous Honorees

1980s

1988

Jack Fancis – Principal, Utica High School

1989

Nelson TerBurgh – Principal, Saranac High School

1990s

1990

Allan Trop – Assistant superintendent of instruction, East Detroit Public Schools

1991

Robert Ford – Principal, Algonac High School

1992

Armand Delisle – Principal, Fitzgerald High School

1995

Halsted Beatty – Superintendent, Laingsburg Schools

1996

William Thompson – Principal, Woodhaven High School

1997

Patrick Cwayna – Principal, East Grand Rapids

1998

Thomas Denewith – Principal, L’Anse Creuse High School North

1999

Dr. Kenneth Wensel– Principal, Fenton High School

2000s

2000

Janice Goodall – Principal, H.H. Dow High School

2003

Glen Stevenson – Principal, Dexter High School

2006

Huntley Robinson – Principal, Carlson High School

2007

Mike Murray – Superintendent, Suttons Bay Public Schools

2009

Dave Jackson – Principal, L’Anse Creuse High School

2010s

2010

Kit Moran – Principal, Dexter High School

2014

Jeffrey FrankowiakPrincipal, Waterford Kettering High School

2015

Steve Gabriel – Principal, Grand Ledge High School