Illinois’ David Schuler Named 2018 AASA National Superintendent of the Year®

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Announcement Made at AASA’s National Conference on Education  

Nashville, Tenn. – February 15, 2018 – David R. Schuler, superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill., has been named the 2018 AASA National Superintendent of the Year®. Today’s announcement came at the National Conference on Education, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

The conference is also serving as a platform to highlight AASA’s I Love Public Education campaign, a yearlong initiative designed to highlight why public schools are essential to developing the future generations who will maintain our country’s status as a world leader.

The other National Superintendent of the Year® finalists were:

“I’m so honored and privileged to serve as superintendent of High School District 214. This award (is) an amazing recognition of the work that our team, our kids and our families have done,” said Schuler as a 2018 National Superintendent of the Year® finalist. “The National Superintendent of the Year® award elevates our profession and our vocation by celebrating the work that we all do. This award goes to one person, but it’s a reflection of the work that all superintendents do on a daily basis.”  

A national education leader, Schuler served as the 2015-16 president of AASA. He leads AASA’s Redefining Ready! program, an initiative to introduce new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are college ready, career ready and life ready. His push to make college more accessible and affordable has led to a comprehensive career pathways program that offers personalized learning experiences through early college credit, internships and career credentials, and the passage of critical education legislation. In a single year, District 214 earned more than 27,000 early college credits.

Now in its 31th year, the National Superintendent of the Year® program, co-sponsored by AASA, VALIC and First Student, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents.

“As we honor the National Superintendent of the Year®, today marks a special day not only for the honoree, but the critical roles superintendents play when it comes to creating successful pathways for the future leaders of our country,” said Robert Scheinerman, president, group retirement, VALIC, a division of AIG. “VALIC is proud to serve as a co-sponsor for the AASA National Superintendent of the Year® program. We congratulate the 2018 Superintendent of the Year®, David Schuler, along with the finalists and all of the State Superintendents of the Year who contribute so much to the advancement of public education.”

Superintendents are vital to the success of our public schools. First Student is thrilled to congratulate David Schuler as the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year®,” said Dennis R. Maple, president, First Student. “David, the three other finalists and the State Superintendents of the Year all exemplify the highest standards when it comes to leading a school district. We are honored to partner with AASA in a program that has a profound impact on the lives of students throughout our country.

“On behalf of the nation’s 50 million students attending our public schools today, it is an honor to congratulate David Schuler for his outstanding contributions to our society,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We also congratulate our three other finalists, Superintendents Robinson, Sieu and Winstead, as well as our State Superintendents of the Year. These individuals are all champions for children and we are excited to recognize them at our national conference where we annually convene the sharpest minds in our field. I commend VALIC and First Student for sponsoring our program because it shines a positive light on the superintendency while showcasing the tireless work being done in school buildings throughout our country.”

Members of the 2018 AASA National Superintendent of the Year® Award Blue Ribbon Selection Committee included:


  • Rich Bagin, executive director, National School Public Relations Association, Rockville, Md.
  • Wanda Cook-Robinson (former National Superintendent of the Year finalist, 2013), superintendent, Oakland Schools, Waterford, Mich.
  • Tom Gentzel, executive director and CEO, National School Boards Association, Alexandria, Va.
  • Patricia Neudecker (past AASA president), education director, MBA in Education Leadership, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Darline Robles, professor, Clinical Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Thomas Tucker, 2016 National Superintendent of the Year, superintendent, Princeton City Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year® program is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors Canadian and other 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; and
  • 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 2018 AASA 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 jrooney@aasa.org.

Click here to access a list of the AASA 2018 State Superintendents of the Year. For more information about the 2018 National Conference on Education, access AASA’s Conference Daily Online.

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About VALIC

For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement plan provides for K-12 schools and school districts, higher education, as well as 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 Finance Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company. Additional information about VALIC can be found at http://www.valic.com.

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 firststudentinc.com.
 
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 www.aasa.org.