The Thomas J. Joiner Award of Education Excellence was name after the late Tom Joiner, scientist, philanthropist, dedicated civic leader and longtime resident of Tuscaloosa who passed in March of 2019 at age 86.

Mr. Joiner believed in the power of education to change a life and acted on his belief daily.  He was a pillar of the Tuscaloosa Community and a business leader.  He was a permanent member of the Tuscaloosa Education Foundation Board of Directors and took his position very seriously by providing leadership in intentional ways.  We will be forever indebted to Mr. Joiner for his contribution to public education and our community.  Tuscaloosa Education Foundation wants to reward those exhibiting his altruistic values of family, education, connection and philanthropy. 

Award will be given annually by the Tuscaloosa Education Foundation.

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2019 Recipients

On August 19, 2019, the Thomas J. Joiner Award of Education Excellence was awarded to the first recipients, Dr. Michael Daria, Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent, and Dr. Walter Davie, Tuscaloosa County Schools System Superintendent. These superintendents have bridged the lines of school zones and worked together for the good of a community. We want to recognize their contributions to K-12 education in our community as well as their altruistic actions toward developing a community of excellence for future generations. 

Thank you, Dr. Daria and Dr. Davie, for working tirelessly to promote change and create one voice for Tuscaloosa. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and the Tuscaloosa Education Foundation celebrates you!