Distinguished Alumni Award: Graduate School of Education

John McKenna, EdD '08.

McKenna, a recipient of numerous awards as well as a distinguished speaker on educational issues, is Acting Superintendent in the Williamsville Central School District. 

McKenna, is Acting Superintendent in the Williamsville, New York Central School District. As assistant superintendent for human resources for the district since 2017, McKenna is known and respected for his innovative ideas, dedication to education and passion to ensure that students receive the best possible educational experiences. He also previously served as a principal in the Tonawanda City School District for 22 years. During that time, he served as president of the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) and as the chair of the Western New York Region of SAANYS. McKenna’s commitment to education has resulted in numerous awards and honors at the regional, state and national level.  He is a published author and distinguished speaker who has presented throughout the U.S. and internationally. Additionally, McKenna serves as an adjunct professor at Niagara University in the Department of Educational Leadership.  He regularly gives back to UB by engaging in a variety of ways, including serving as president of the Graduate School of Education Alumni Association and a member of the UB Alumni Association Board of Directors.