Dr. Victor Zimmerman, superintendent of Monticello CUSD 25 in Monticello, has been named the 2016 Superintendent of Distinction by his colleagues in the Abe Lincoln Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).

Zimmerman will be honored at an awards luncheon April 21 in Springfield, with State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith serving as the featured speaker at the luncheon that honored 21 IASA regional Superintendents of Distinction.

"I am humbled to represent the many fine superintendents across the state of Illinois with this honor," said Zimmerman, who has been an educator for 29 years, serving as teacher, administrator and adjunct professor at the University of Illinois before becoming superintendent of the Monticello school district in 2007. "Our district has an excellent reputation as a ‘go-to" district when it comes to the all-around education for our students and a great place to work for our faculty and staff – I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead Monticello CUSD 25 – where every day is a great day to be a Sage!"

Those nominating Zimmerman noted that he has accomplished the following in his school district:

– Successful stabilization of finances

– Expansion of special education services

– Implementation of technology improvement plan

– Development of facility renewal options

– Schools included in statewide and national recognition

"Public education is facing some of its most difficult times, and that is when leadership is most important. These ‘Superintendents of Distinction’ were selected by their peers in their regions because of the dedication, commitment and leadership that they have demonstrated," said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark.

The second annual awards luncheon is again being sponsored by Horace Mann, one of the nation’s largest insurers focusing on the needs of educators.

"Each year, educators face growing challenges, and this year is no exception. Despite those challenges, superintendents constantly find ways to make their school districts successful," said Marita Zuraitis, Horace Mann President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to recognize the ‘Superintendents of Distinction’ and applaud their efforts to provide outstanding educational environments for their students and their teachers."

Zimmerman achieved his Bachelor of Science Degree, Master of Education and Doctor of Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign. He and his wife of 26 years, Lori, are the parents of three children: Luke, a junior in Agribusiness at SIU at Carbondale; Ryan, a freshman in Petroleum Geology at Western Colorado University and Noah, a sophomore at Monticello High School.