Dr. Robert Mayer Named SDSSA Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Dr. Robert Mayer, former superintendent of the Lennox School District has been selected as the South Dakota School Superintendent Associationís (SDSSA) Distinguished Service Award recipient.  Dr. Mayer was the superintendent of the Lennox School District for 12 years, 2010-2014 and 1989-1997.  He also served as the superintendent for the Watertown School District, 2004-2007 and Vermillion School District, 1997-2004.

Dr. Mayer began his educational career as a teacher at Vermillion High School from 1969-1979.  He then became the assistant principal at Vermillion High School from 1979-1983.  From there, he moved to Nebraska for five years (1984-1989), serving as a high school principal at Plainview, Nebraska for one year before becoming their superintendent for four years.

Dr. Mayer earned all of his educational degrees from the University of South Dakotaóbachelorís teaching degree in 1969; masterís degree in educational administration in 1974; and doctorate degree in educational administration in 1984.  Dr. Mayer served as an Assistant Professor in the Educational Administration department at the University of South Dakota for four years, 2007-2010.

During his time as a school superintendent in South Dakota, Dr. Mayer held many leadership positions, including president of the Southeast Area Superintendentís Association; Vice-president of the School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD); SASD Executive Board Member; president of the SDSSA; and SDSSA Executive Board Member.

Dr. Mayer was appointed by Governor Rounds and served two terms on the Professional Practices and Standards Commission for School Administrators.  He is a member of the Beadle Club of South Dakota.  Dr. Mayer was active in many community events and served on a number of local organizations and boards as well.

During his time as a school superintendent, Dr. Mayer was proud to have implemented a shared vision that student achievement was best achieved by improving teaching performance.  This was done through joint efforts by school board, administrators, and teachers.  They improved hiring practices, staff development programs, and provided teachers with shared planning time.


Dr. Mayer was heavily involved in five significant building projects in several districts that provided the needed classroom space for growing enrollments and improved facilities to enhance co-curricular programs in the fine arts and athletics.  Dr. Mayer and his boards enhanced technology opportunities for students and staff, such as one-on-one computers at the high school level and improved access for middle school and elementary school students as well.


Dr. Mayer will receive his Distinguished Service Award at the SDSSA State Conference on July 18-20, 2016 at Cedar Shore in Chamberlain.  Congratulations to Dr. Mayer on a distinguished educational career and most deserved honor!