Umatilla High School Principal Bob Lorence has been named 2018 Administrator of the Year by the Oregon Small School Association.
Lorence has worked for Umatilla School District for 27 years, starting out as an elementary school principal, and has been UHS principal since 2016.
A news release from Umatilla School District called him a “transformational” leader known for his willingness to serve his students and staff. Nominator Julie Hunt, the district’s special education director, described him as “sincere and strategic in his efforts.”
“Though he never seeks the spotlight, he is a deserving award recipient,” said Superintendent Heidi Sipe. “Umatilla schools are fortunate to have Mr. Lorence as a valued member of our leadership team.”
Lorence was honored Friday in Seaside by the Oregon Small School Association. In a copy of his acceptance speech provided by USD, he called his time at the high school the most challenging and rewarding of his career, and said he had felt honored recently to be able to present high school diplomas to the students that he once welcomed to McNary Heights Elementary School as kindergartners.