On July 26, 2012, Dr. Dallas Strawn was presented the CASSA’s (Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators) Colbert Cushing Award. The annual award is in honor of CASE’s first Executive Director, Colbert Cushing. The CASSA Colbert Cushing Award recipient must have made an outstanding professional contribution and/or service to CASE/CASSA, to a school district, or to education on a national level. Dr. Strawn was nominated for the award by 1984-85 CASE President and a former associate, Dr. Ray Kilmer. An excerpt from Dr. Kilmer’s letter of nomination: “Dallas demonstrates a number of the same qualities that were endearing about Colbert Cushing -- - dependability, extremely good judgment, dedication to leadership in public education, pleasantness, modesty, and a real passion for the task at hand”.
These are qualities that the College of Education, Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations and students also appreciate about Dr. Strawn; not to mention his wonderful sense of humor. Dr. Strawn has served in the public school system for 43 years, serving as a high school educator, alternative school director, assistant high school principal, high school principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Additionally, he has been an assistant professor at Murray State University, an adjunct faculty member at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Regis, University of Northern Colorado, Denver University, and Point Loma Nazarene University. Dallas has worked as a consultant in the area of stress management and has presented and consulted on various topics in school districts throughout Colorado. He is currently the President and founder of "Educational Leadership Search Associates, Inc." which assists school districts who need assistance in finding and hiring the "right" superintendent for district leadership.