Finalists Named for AASA’s 2018 National Superintendent of the Year®


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Honorees include superintendents from California, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee

Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 18, 2017 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the finalists for the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year®. This marks the 31st anniversary of the program, which honors school system leaders throughout the country.

Co-sponsored by VALIC, First Student and AASA, the National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced at AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb. 15-17, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.   

The four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year® are:

“For more than 60 years, VALIC has been committed to our nation’s educators and the important work they do to expand the minds of the students they serve. We salute the finalists for our next National Superintendent of the Year®, each accomplished leaders in their school districts, communities and states,” said Robert Scheinerman, president, group retirement, VALIC, a division of AIG. “VALIC is proud to support causes that engage and empower our nation’s youth, and we are pleased to serve as a sponsor of a program that showcases the leadership of our public school districts.”

“The four superintendents we are recognizing epitomize the critical value of public education in our communities and our country,” said Dennis R. Maple, president, First Student. “Educating young people is not just a job, it’s a mission. On behalf of the five million passengers we transport to and from school every day, we congratulate the finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year®. We are honored to partner with AASA in a program that has a profound impact on the lives of students, teachers and school district administrators throughout North America.” 
“The superintendents we are honoring represent the face of public education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This program celebrates the accomplishments by the education thought leaders we’re honoring. We also celebrate the tremendous strides public education is making in our communities. We are grateful to VALIC and First Student for supporting our program.”     

The finalists for National Superintendent of the Year® will have an opportunity to meet the national education community during a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at the National Press Club (Zenger Room) in Washington, D.C. The briefing will begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

The National Superintendent of the Year® program is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors international school superintendents. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system.
    Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the National Superintendent of the Year® to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.
For more information about the program, contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA assistant director, meetings, at

Click here to access a list of the AASA 2018 State Superintendents of the Year.

For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement plan provider for higher education, as well as for K-12 schools and school districts, healthcare, government and other not-for-profit institutions. VALIC, the group retirement division of AIG, has more than $94 billion in total assets under management as of November 2, 2017, and manages plans for nearly 23,000 groups serving approximately 1.9 million participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company. Additional information about VALIC can be found at

About First Student
As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes five million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, maintenance and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts. For more information, please visit
About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit