Jerry Akin, former member of the Pottsville School Board, posthumously received the 2012 Dr. Daniel L. Pilkinton Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education from the Arkansas School Boards Association (ASBA). The award was presented last week at the annual ASBA Conference in Little Rock. For the past 18 years, ASBA has honored outstanding individuals who have made substantive contributions to public education with the Dr. Dan Award. The award was established in honor of the late Dr. Daniel L. Pilkinton, known as Dr. Dan to many, who was known throughout the state for his lifelong service to public education. He was closely linked to ASBA in its early years and was the association’s first executive secretary. Akin served as a Pottsville board member for 17 years during a period of marked enrollment growth. He led building programs, spearheaded a technology task force that provided laptops to all high school students, helped to establish a football program, and cooked hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds of food for school and community events. Akin was selfless in his determination to help students attend college. Not only did he develop a community scholarship program, but he often personally funded scholarships. Additionally, he funded countless students' participation in band, athletic and cheer camps, as well as student conventions. Accepting the award on behalf of Jerry Akin were his wife, Susie Akin, and his son, Jeffrey Akin.