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Mandan Public Schools Superintendent Mike Bitz has been named the North Dakota Superintendent of the Year by the North Dakota Association of School Administrators.

"It's always humbling when your peers recognize you," Bitz said. "But I think it says more about the people I work with than it does me."

Bitz, a Napoleon native, started his career as a third-grade teacher at Des Lacs-Burlington in 1988.

He earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota in 2008 and has worked in school administration in Emerado, Gwinner, Milnor and Hillsboro.

Bitz began working with Mandan Public Schools as assistant superintendent in 2010. He took on the role of superintendent in 2012.

Bitz, 53, was named the North Eastern North Dakota Superintendent of the Year in 2007-2008 and the South Eastern North Dakota Superintendent of the Year in 2014-2015.

He and his wife, Kristi, a professor at the University of Mary, have four children.

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Reach Bilal Suleiman at 701-250-8261 or Bilal.Suleiman@bismarcktribune.com

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