Blog by J. Alvin Wilbanks, Superintendent, CEO, Gwinnett County Public Schools

As a part of AASA’s 150th anniversary celebration, superintendents are submitting blog posts discussion what this momentous occasion means to them as well as the importance of being a member of the nation’s premier organization for school district leaders.

Wilbanks 1  J. Alvin Wilbanks
Superintendent and CEO
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Suwanee, Ga. 


No organization is sustainable unless it adequately serves its members. AASA has been at the forefront of public education for a century-and-a-half, serving public education, those of us in administrative roles and most of all, our students.

AASA holds a positive voice in public education at the national level. The organization provides a clear, concise and compelling message about the importance of having the appropriate policies and legislation in place to support students. AASA’s mission makes public education viable as well as a great profession, which is why AASA continues to be an effective force in our country.

It’s a privilege to belong to AASA. I feel my membership has made me a better superintendent. How we go about doing our jobs, learning best practices and the opportunities for professional networking with administrators throughout the country are just a few of the many benefits made possible by this great organization.