Hamilton County Unit District No. 10 Superintendent Jeff Fetcho has been named the 2021-22 Superintendent of the Year by the Egyptian division of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
The Egyptian division includes Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Perry, Washington, Wayne and White counties.
Fetcho, a former Eldorado classroom teacher, has been Hamilton County superintendent for nine years. He will represent the Egyptian division in the statewide Illinois Association of School Administrators' Superintendent of the Year and Superintendent of Distinction award programs.
Fetcho received the award at the division's regular meeting on Sept. 15.
"Jeff embodies the idea of hard work, long-term dedication, and progressive growth," said Keith Hagene, Pinckneyville High School superintendent and Egyptian division president, who presented the award.
"He thrives on seeing kids, staff members, and his superintendent colleagues succeed," Hagene added. "Genuine leaders like Jeff are constantly working together, mostly behind the scenes, to make a difference for students."
Selection committee member and Sesser-Valier Superintendent Jason Henry said Fetcho has devoted his career to public service through education, starting as a classroom teacher in Eldorado.
"Throughout his career, he has led his district by example, personally engaged in statewide education leadership initiatives, and nurtured aspiring and new superintendents," Henry said. "He's a wise, service-based, deliberate, strong superintendent."