Denise Justice Receives Executive Director’s Award

CEA News & Notes Volume 36 Number 3
August-September 2014

By: Susan Nell, Awards Committee Chair

Dr. Stephen Steurer, CEA Executive Director, presented this year’s Executive Director’s Award to Denise Justice, Superintendent of the Ohio Central School System with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She has worked in Correctional Education for the past 34 years and has held numerous Denise Justice Receives Executive Director’s Award By: Susan Nell, Awards Committee Chair positions in the Ohio Central School System during that time. She has been a Special Education Teacher, Education Specialist, School Administrator, Principal, Academic Director, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent.

As Superintendent she oversees a 30 million dollar budget annually and a staff of around 350. She is known as a tireless worker and an innovator who is always looking to improve and enhance the correctional education offerings for the students in Ohio. She has also held numerous positions in the Correctional Education Association over the years. The positions she has held include Region III Secretary and Director, President of CEA National, Past President of CEA National, and chair of several committees. She had remained on the board as an ad hoc member and has taken on many projects, including the website and conference oversight duties. Whenever something needs to be done Denise is always willing to step in and help out.

She has also served as the Correction Director for the Ohio Association of Adults in Continuing Education and as a board member for the DRC Training Advisory Committee. She was received the following awards: School Administrator of the Year from the Ohio Central School System and the President’s Award from the Correctional Education Association.