Several Utah educators and educational administrators have received recognition for their achievements.
Richard H. Henstrom, associate dean of the Brigham Young University Division of Continuing Education, has won national recognition.He received the Outstanding Service Medallion from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education for his work on the association's recent annual conference.
Richard C. Eddy, dean of continuing education, said the medallion is presented annually to a person who has rendered outstanding service to the association during the year.
The association is the largest organization of adult continuing educators in the United States. Its purpose is to promote learning for adults in diverse settings and subjects. The conference in Salt Lake City attracted more than 1,600 people from the United States and many foreign countries, Henstrom said.
Thomas G. Alexander, a Brigham Young University professor of history, has won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.
Noting his distinguished service in researching, writing and promoting state and local history, the association honored Alexander at its recent 50th anniversary annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Alexander is the director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at BYU.
Michael Johnson, the financial aid director at Utah Valley Community College, received the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administration Leadership Award.
Johnson, of Springville, has been at UVCC for 17 years. He is the only person from the Rocky Mountain Region to receive the award this year.
He was recognized for his outstanding contribution to his profession.
Stevan J. Kukic, state director of special education and coordinator of services for at-risk students, Utah State Office of Education, has been named president-elect of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
His election came during a recent meeting of the NASDSE in San Diego. He will become president of the organization after a year as vice president.
Another Utahn, Elwood Pace, who was Kukic's predecessor in the state office, held the national post in 1971-72. Pace was the first to head Utah's special education program after Congress passed laws requiring education for all handicapped students.
Kukic said his hope as a NASDSE leader is to facilitate development of a dynamic national agenda for special education.