Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education.

The association announced the award on Tuesday. The annual award recognizes a national or state policymaker in recognition ofcontributions to education.

Holliday has been Kentucky education commissioner since 2009. During that time, the state became the first to adopt the Common Core State Standards. Kentucky also implemented a new assessment and accountability system, which includes a new educator evaluation program that goes statewide this fall.

In 2013, Holliday also made headlines when referring to some schools in the state’s largest school district, Jefferson County, as “academic genocide.”

Holliday is scheduled to accept his award at National Association of State Boards of Education conference on Oct. 17, in Denver. 

Previous winners of the Policy Leader of the Year Award include former First Lady Barbara Bush and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.