SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -

Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) named Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson as the 2013 Michigan Superintendent of the Year.

Cook-Robinsonissuperintendent of Southfield Public Schools.

"This is a most prestigious honor," said Executive Director of Southfield, William H. Mayes. "You can be proud to have been chosen from a group of highly qualified nominees. It is clear to me—as it was to our selection committee—that Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson is a leader to watch as she improves learning, closes achievement gaps, and supports excellence in the Southfield district and throughout her region."

Cook-Robinson was selected by panel from a pool nominees.

The selection panel was comprises of Mich. superintendents from local and intermediate school districts, members of the Michigan Board of Education, Michigan PTSA, local school boards, principals, and school business officials.

As the MASA honoree, she also becomes a finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year Award.

Cook-Robinson received praise from the education community for her work to improve university programs that help prepare future educators.

"Dr. Cook-Robinson’s commitment to students and the field of education is exemplified in her service and dedication to Wayne State University’s College of Education Board of Visitors and the Young Educator’s Society of Michigan," said Dr. Janice Green, Assistant Dean of Academic Services in the WSU College of Education. "Her contributions to our efforts have been invaluable."

Cook-Robinson will be recognize in January at the Midwinter Conference in Kalamazoo by the MASA.