Peers award Education Secretary gold medal

1 October 2015 -

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has congratulated Department of Education Secretary Dr Michele Bruniges AM on receiving nation-wide recognition for her significant contribution to education.

Dr Bruniges has been awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Gold Medal Award for 2015.

"NSW is fortunate to have a Secretary for Education who is held in high esteem by the community and by her peers across Australia," Mr Piccoli said.

"Michele has overseen the State's most significant education reforms in more than a century.

"I am delighted that Michele's peers have endorsed and recognised her outstanding achievements and leadership skills."

The ACEL Gold Medal Award is presented annually to the educator whose contribution to the study and practice of educational administration and leadership is considered to be the most outstanding nationally.

Dr Bruniges has also been announced as the Wyndham Medallist for 2015, awarded by the Australian College of Educators. The award recognises outstanding contribution to the education of young people in NSW.

As leader of one of Australia's largest state government departments, Dr Bruniges is one of the nation's most influential and innovative educators.

Dr Bruniges was appointed NSW Secretary of the Department of Education in 2011.

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