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Jana Coats selected as 2017 NISOD Excellence Award Recipient
Posted By: Ashlee Estlack - 2/17/2017 2:22:05 PM
Clarendon College is proud to announce its recipient of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. 2017 honoree is Ms. Jana Coats, Director of the Cosmetology Program in the college’s Career and Technical Education Division, and cosmetology instructor at the CC Childress Center.

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

“I am so honored to receive this award,” Jana Said.  “I am blessed to be part of this College, and this position has enabled me to enjoy my passion for Cosmetology and share with so many others.”

“Jana has been a stabilizing force in this department,” Clarendon College President Dr. Robert Riza said.  “We appreciate her support and service to the community.  She is a true asset to the College and is very much deserving of this award.”

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 27-30, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”


For community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars, NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources. For nearly 40 years, NISOD’s customer-focused approach has helped align our wide array of benefits with the needs of our members. For more information about NISOD, visit