Posted: April 6, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota Association of School Administrators has honored Board of Trustees Chair Jim A. Luoma

(St. Paul, MN) - Jim Luoma, former Superintendent of the Grand Rapids Schools and member/chair of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). Dr. Luoma will be honored for his support of Minnesota public education at a statewide recognition ceremony at the 2004 MASA/MASE Spring Conference on April 2 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Throughout his career, Dr. Luoma has held a deep passion for education. He began his professional life as a teacher and then a principal for the South Washington County Schools. He then became superintendent for the Grand Rapids Schools, a position from which he retired in 1999, when he began his service as a MnSCU trustee.

Dr. Luoma has been particularly active in the K-16 Partnership, a collaboration between kindergarten through grade twelve and post-secondary education systems, the goal of which is to improve and educational opportunities for students via collaboration between the two systems.

Dr. Luoma holds a doctorate from the University of St. Thomas, a master's degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Each year, MASA recognizes members for their contribution to public education. MASA is a professional organization of Minnesota's school leaders, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of special education and other central office administrators, as well as state department administrators, college and university professors, and other educators throughout Minnesota dedicated to educational leadership.