The Austin Chamber of Commerce honored Central Texas education leaders at the annual State of Education Summit on Nov. 9.
The top performers and innovators were recognized for their work in taking schools to new heights in the last year. Superintendent of the Year Paul Cruz of the Austin Independent School District was honored for his commitment to leading 70 percent or more of high school graduates to enroll in college. His efforts led to four AISD high schools reaching a 100 percent Apply Texas completion rate. In addition, two AISD campuses were top rated for FAFSA completion for their size.
Also honored were Dawn Jones as the 2016 Business Volunteer of the Year and Dr. Denise Trauth with the Austin Human Capitol Award. Jones' participation on the Austin Chamber Board, APIE Board, Skillpoint Board and Austin Chamber Education Council brought her recognition for her hard work. She recently accepted a promotion with Intel in Phoenix.
Trauth, the president of Texas State University, has led Texas State to grow nearly 40,000 students while increasing its retention rate, raising it to second in its class in the country. Under her leadership, Texas State has become an emerging research institution, added the College of Engineering and increased the Computer Science department by nearly 20 percent annually.