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RSU 22’s Assistant Superintendent Emil Genest has been named the Assistant Superintendent of the Year by the Maine School Superintendents Association for his expertise in finance, school construction and tireless work on behalf of public education and the district he serves.
Genest has been the Assistant Superintendent for Business for RSU 22, based in Hampden, for 22 years and before that was business manager in SAD 67. In the last two years, he also has served the Veazie School Department. During his tenure he has designed and built the Reeds Brook Middle School and Hampden Academy and, in the late 1990s, worked on the multi-million renovation to the Smith Elementary School.
He was instrumental in establishing the RSU 22 Education Foundation, which fosters innovation and excellence in the district’s schools by raising funds and generating community-wide support, and the Penobscot River Educational Partnership.
Genest also helped establish the district’s pre-kindergarten program and prepares the district’s budget to support educational programming while considering the taxpayer’s perspective.
“Assistant Superintendent Genest has been a strong ambassador for public education for over three decades. His leadership is one of the reasons RSU 22 has been on numerous occasions designated one of Maine’s ‘high performing and highly efficient’ school districts,” said RSU 22 Superintendent Richard Lyons, who nominated Genest for the honor.
“He is an asset to the district’s administrative team, integrating institutional memory with progressive thoughtfulness,” Lyons said.
Genest said what motivates him in his job are students and the community.
“I passionately care for the betterment of students and the community as a whole. As I look around RSU 22, I can identify the significant changes that have impacted the lives of citizens. My educational philosophy is simple: We love and nurture all children,” he said.
Genest was selected for the award through a vote of a committee of his peers.
“It is a truly rewarding experience to be recognized by one’s fellow colleague because they understand the job expectations and implications on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “I also want to emphasize this award is a reflection of the dedicated faculty, staff and Board of Directors of the RSU 22 family.”
The award was announced at the Maine School Superintendents Association Annual Meeting in October. Genest has been active in MSSA, as well as being active in the Penquis Superintendents Association, currently serving as its secretary.