High School District 214 Superintendent David R. Schuler Elected AASA President-Elect

Will work to champion public education, innovation



James Minichello

Jessica Thunberg
High School District 214

Alexandria, Va., Arlington Heights, Ill. – (April 24, 2014) – David R. Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214, in Arlington Heights, Ill., was elected 2014-15 president-elect of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the nation’s premier organization that develops and supports school system leaders and those aspiring to become school system leaders.

“David is an outstanding leader with a steadfast commitment to excellence in public education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “As we continue to reshape America’s education agenda, I am pleased to welcome David as our president-elect. He will serve as a champion for public education for our nation and most of all, for our nation’s students.”

A member of AASA’s governance structure for seven years, Schuler currently serves on the organization’s executive committee after serving on its governing board from 2007 to 2011. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators. Prior to joining IASA, he was a member of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators for five years.

“I’m honored to be associated with AASA—the organization which serves as a standard-bearer when it comes to strengthening school district leadership on the national scale,” said Schuler. “Through this role, I look forward to engaging with superintendents and providing professional growth opportunities so our district leaders can excel on the job. My top priority will be serving them while championing the amazing achievements occurring in our schools across the country.”

(View video of Daniel A. Domenech and David R. Schuler)

Schuler is in his ninth year leading District 214—the second-largest high school system in Illinois. Recognized as a Blue Ribbon High School District by the U.S. Department of Education, his school system serves approximately 250,000 residents.

Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wis.

Schuler, as well as all other newly elected AASA governance members, will begin their terms on July 1. David K. Pennington, superintendent of the Ponca City Public Schools, in Ponca City, Okla., will be installed as the 2014-15 AASA president and Schuler will be sworn in as the 2014-15 AASA president-elect during a ceremony at a summer meeting of the governing board in Washington, D.C. on July 9.

Additional members of AASA’s Executive Committee who will be sworn in include:

Lyle C. Ailshie
Kingsport City Schools
Kingsport, Tenn.

Deborah S. Akers
Mercer County Public Schools
Princeton, W. Va.

Alton L. Frailey
Katy Independent School District
Katy, Texas

Chris Gaines
Wright City R-II School District
Wright City, Mo.

Jule Walker
Plevna School District #55
Plevna, Mont.


About AASA

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 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. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage.