In 1999, under the terms of the new Constitution, a new class of membership was created as a way to honor those individuals who contributed greatly to the success of NASDTEC over the years. As a result, Honorary Membership may be awarded in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Bylaws to persons who have given exemplary service to NASDTEC or to education.
The Doug Bates Award grew out of a desire to honor the legacy of Doug Bates, an early proponent of high moral and ethical standards for America's educators. A little over thirteen years ago, it was decided that NASDTEC's annual conference should also include a formal presentation, entitled the "Doug Bates Lecture," specifically devoted to professional practices. Speakers were chosen on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the ideals of NASDTEC in the area of educator moral fitness. Beginning in 2008, we changed the format slightly from a lecture series to an award to a person selected by our Professional Practices Committee. Selection for the award is based on a number of factors designed to recognize individuals whose careers have advanced the ideals for which NASDTEC stands.