Sahuarita Unified School District Superintendent Manuel Valenzuela is receiving national recognition for leadership and his efforts to prepare future administrators.

Valenzuela is being honored with the University Council for Educational Administration’s Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.

Valenzuela was nominated by the University of Arizona. UCEA works to recognize the professional contributions of practicing school administrators to the improvement and support of school administration preparation programs.

He has served as superintendent of Sahuarita since 2010. The district is home to 5,200 students.