Plum School Board member Tom McGough has been awarded the Master School Board Member accreditation from the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA).
McGough, who has been a Plum School Board member since 1991, was one of only seven school board members in the state to receive the accreditation in 2012.
The awardees are those who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in attaining the goals of effective governance and meeting the needs of students for the 21st century. PSBA has been awarding the Master School Board Member accreditation since 2007.
To date, only 30 individuals have had the distinction of receiving the honor.
Plum Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said McGough works hard on the board.
We appreciate his efforts and talents," he said.
McGough also is a member of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Board on behalf of the Plum district. McGough has served on the Head Start/Early Head Start Governing Body and has provided leadership in the area of early childhood education.
McGough is a sales manager at Cornerstone Television and the host/producer of “Sports Week,” a nationally syndicated television program. For most of the 1970’s, McGough was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.
In October, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, East Boros Chapter.
AIU Executive Director Dr. Linda Hippert said that Mr. McGough’s leadership and contributions have benefited educators and children throughout Allegheny County.
“We are very proud that Mr. McGough, as an AIU Board member, is modeling the exemplary leadership required to lead during these challenging times, and hope that others in the county will consider applying to attain this prestigious status,” she said.
McGough said he is "humbled" by the honor and thanked his wife, Lucy, and his fellow school board members for all their hard work throughout the years.
"My prayer is that this will be a challenge for us to do greater things," McGough said.