A partnership between Brigham Young University and Utah public schools received the Outstanding Principal Preparation Program Award from the American Association of School Administrators at the organization's annual awards banquet in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ralph Smith, dean of the College of Education at BYU, and Clark Cox, superintendent of the Alpine School District, accepted the award on behalf of the Leaders Preparation Program, a joint venture between BYU and Utah public schools to train school principals.Superintendents from five Utah school districts and members of the BYU faculty annually select 15 public school teachers to enter the Leaders Preparation Program, which trains them with school principals.

F. Del Wasden, chairman of the Department of Educational Leadership at BYU, said the BYU/public schools partnership is the only pre-service training program in the United States to receive a Leadership in Education Administration Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program trains teachers, not administrators, to become principals.

The Leaders Preparation Program is a member of the National Network for Educational Renewal, which sponsors 14 partnerships around the United States established to train counselors, administrators and principals in public schools.