CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa has been named the Morris County Superintendent of the Year by his peers in the Morris County Association of School Administrators (MCASA).

"The unique aspect to LaSusa’s approach to leadership is that he sees the need to balance the academic focus with the personal one," René Rovtar, president of the MCASA, said. "He has led a movement within the district to identify the negative impact that stress and anxiety have on students across all grade levels and to find a means to manage that stress through mindfulness. LaSusa has championed programs that support the development of students who can not only achieve academic success but also also maintain a sense of well-being.

"To that end, he has led the district in the implementation of a mindfulness initiative with involvement at all levels from students through district administrators."

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In earning recognition as the MCASA Superintendent of the Year, LaSusa is in the running to gain Northern Region Superintendent of the Year, and, potentially, New Jersey State Superintendent of the Year.

"Morris County is overflowing with excellent school districts and talented school district leaders, so it is humbling to be acknowledged in this way," LaSusa said. "I am grateful to our Board of Education, parents, staff members, and students--all of whom make my job a lot easier than it would be if I were not in such a wonderful community."

LaSusa has been the Chatham Superintendent since July 1, 2012. During his tenure, Chatham High was ranked as the No. 1 high school in the state in the bi-annual rankings by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, in 2014 and again in 2016.

“Michael LaSusa is an outstanding educational leader," Rovtar said. "He is someone who is greatly respected by his colleagues in Morris County and throughout the State of New Jersey. He is well-respected by his colleagues and has been willing to share his experiences with the Morris County Roundtable group so that his colleagues could benefit from his decisions and determinations and grow in their own professional knowledge. Dr. LaSusa is a selfless leader who embodies a strong commitment to public education.”