Robert Tschirki

Virgil S. Lagomarcino Laureate Award

By the College of Education

Established in 1975 to recohnize meritorious service and/or distinguished achievement in such areas as business and industry, education, and health.

Robert TschirkiRobert Tschirki
Ph.D. Educational Administration 1972

Robert Tschirki began his prestigious career as a social studies teacher and basketball coach in a series of small Iowa school districts, moving steadily into larger systems. As superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District in Engelwood, Colorado, he has led its rapid evolution from a suburban system to a truly urban, 34,000-student school district. Under his guidance, Cherry Creek Schools consistently score at the top of the state’s student achievement evaluations. Many now consider Cherry Creek the premier K-12 school district in the nation.

In the 1980s, Tschirki successfully led a concerted statewide effort to increase public funding for schools. In 1987, he was named Colorado Superintendent of the Year, and he received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Visionary Leadership. In 1989, the legislature honored him with the Colorado General Assembly Tribute for Accomplishments, Dedication, and Service to Education. The National Academy of School Executives named him a Distinguished Professor.