AASA announced a former U.S. education secretary as the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award during the 1st General Session of the AASA national conference in New Orleans.

John King was unable to attend the session, but he will be formally recognized during the Dr. Effie Jones Memorial Luncheon on Friday, where he will share thoughts on the future landscape of public education.

King was appointed during President Barack Obama’s second term as U.S. secretary of education after previously serving as state commissioner of education in New York. He is now president and CEO of The Education Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for better treatment of poor and minority children.

See the official AASA press release for more details.