PALMER — Kevin Noack, superintendent at Palmer ISD, is the recipient of a scholarship to attend Lamar University Superintendent Academy, an advanced leadership training program on Lamar University’s Beaumont campus.

According to the academy’s executive director, Dr. Bob Thompson, participation is by invitation only. The 23 superintendents in the 2011-2012 class were chosen from a list of about 70 superintendents from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

To be selected is an honor not only to the superintendent, Thompson said, but also to his or her board and district. Without the support of forward-looking boards, no superintendent could have achieved the level of success and recognition necessary to be selected to the academy.

At the academy, Noack will review the latest technology for enhancing student learning, participate in advanced leadership training from some of the nation’s foremost trainers of company executives and get training in the Decision Support Center, a high tech laboratory for improving the speed and quality of management decision making. Noack also will have an opportunity to visit other school districts to review practices that have helped make those districts successful.

Thompson said the knowledge superintendents glean from work in the academy is immediately applicable to any district, regardless of size or location. To assist districts in incorporating these management concepts, the academy will host a three-day visioning session in the spring for academy superintendents and their boards where they will be led through joint leadership training and planning activities. They also will meet with boards and superintendents from similar sized districts to share ideas for increasing student achievement and developing a vision for the future.

The yearlong academy is designed to provide the most professional growth opportunities with the least amount of time away from the district.