Dr. Wayne A. Bell Receives AESA Justus A. Prentice Award  

October 04, 2013

Dr. Wayne A. Bell, Administrator of Educational Service Unit 10 located in Kearney, Nebraska, has been selected by the Association of Educational Service Agencies to receive the 2013 AESA Justus A. Prentice Award. This award is given to an individual for contributions through executive leadership in the advancement of educational service agency programs at the regional, state, and national levels. The award began in 1976 and nominees have included past or present educational service agency executives and staff. Dr. Bell is the first Nebraska administrator to receive this prestigious award.

The Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs) in 45 states; there are 553 agencies nationwide with hundreds of thousands of staff members. AESA is in the position to reach well over 80% of the public school districts; over 83% of the private schools, over 80% certified teachers, and more than 80% non-certified school employees, and well over 80% public and private school students. Annual budgets for ESAs come to $14.7 billion. AESA’s membership is agency wide and includes all ESA employees and board members.The mission of AESA is to support and strengthen regional service agencies by:

  • Serving as a national voice for educational service agencies;
  • Providing professional growth opportunities, technical assistance, advocacy and research;
  • Helping member agencies promote, distribute, and leverage their knowledge, products, and services: and
  • Assisting in the establishment of educational service agencies.

Dr. Bell served on the AESA Executive Council from 2000-2004 and continues to serve on various national committees and is a member of the editorial board of the AESA publication, Perspectives. He will receive his award at the AESA Annual Conference which is held in San Antonio, Texas in December.