ASHA Awards John P. McGovern Medal to Dr. Gene R. Carter

Leader in School Health Recognized at Annual School Health Conference

(McLean, VA, October 11, 2013) – The American School Health Association (ASHA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Gene R. Carter, executive director and CEO of ASCDthe global education leadership association dedicated to supporting the success of each learnerwas honored with the presentation of the John P. McGovern Medal for his distinguished work in school health and demonstrated dedication to the field. Carter received the award on October 10 during the 87th Annual ASHA School Health Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

ASHA honored Carter with the award because his contribution to the school health field embodies the principles of Dr. John P. McGovern, internationally known as a distinguished physician, educator, philanthropist, humanitarian, medical historian, and scholar. Although Dr. McGovern’s medical specialty was allergies and asthma, he was a known advocate for compassionate, scientifically sound, patient-centered care. His leadership was exemplified by his being named chief elected officer of some 15 prominent societies in the humanities, health education, science, and medicine. True to his generous nature, he established the John P. McGovern Foundation, which continues to support a number of initiatives in medicine, science, and health. The foundation, in conjunction with the American School Health Association, established the John P. McGovern Lectureship in School Health in 1983.

“I am a firm believer that health and education are symbiotic, and ASCD’s work on the Whole Child Initiative aims to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of children,” said Carter. “I am deeply honored to receive the John P. McGovern award, and it further reinforces my belief that we must create safe, healthy places of learning that encourage and celebrate every aspect of each student’s capacity for learning.”

Dr. Gene R. Carter is a veteran educator with experience as a private and public school teacher, public school administrator, superintendent of schools, and university professor. He is active in community, business, and civic organizations. He assumed his position of executive director and CEO of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in 1992. ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. Before joining ASCD, Carter served for nine years as the superintendent of schools in Norfolk, Va., where he succeeded in reducing the dropout rate, built a partnership program with the private sector, implemented a districtwide school improvement program, established an early education center for 3-year-olds and their parents, and implemented a regional scholarship foundation for public school students.

“We are thrilled to honor Dr. Carter with this award,” said JoAnne Lyons-Wooten, ASHA’s interim executive director. “The McGovern Medal is an award that recognizes professional excellence and thought leaders in all disciplines of school health who are making a difference in our school communities for the health, well-being, and success of our nation’s students.”

Presented by ASHA, the 87th Annual ASHA School Health Conference is taking place October 9–12 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and provides school health professionals and interested stakeholders with stimulating workshops, research presentations, and opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues across the various school health disciplines.

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About the American School Health Association (ASHA):  The American School Health Association envisions healthy students who learn and achieve in safe and healthy environments nurtured by caring adults functioning within coordinated school and community support systems. The mission of the organization is to build the capacity of its members to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth. Professions represented in this multidisciplinary organization include administrators, counselors, dieticians, nutritionists, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers. For more information, visit

About ASCDASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit