AASA Installs President, President-Elect for 2014-15


James Minichello
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Message from AASA president [14:30].

Alexandria, Va. – (July 9, 2014) – David K. Pennington, superintendent of the Ponca City Public School District, in Ponca City, Okla., and David R. Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214, in Arlington Heights, Ill., were installed today as the president and president-elect, respectively, of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, for 2014-15.

Pennington and Schuler were officially sworn in during an installation ceremony held in conjunction with AASA’s Legislative Advocacy Conference, in Washington, D.C.

Pennington succeeds Amy F. Sichel, superintendent of the Abington School District, in Abington, Pa., as the association’s president. Sichel will remain on AASA’s executive committee as immediate past president. Pennington served on AASA’s governing board from 2004 to 2010 and has been a member of the organization as well as the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators since 1993. The president of OASA in 2004, he continues to serve on its board of directors. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

“David is an outstanding leader in public education, not only in his home state of Oklahoma but throughout the country,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Working with David as president will strengthen AASA as we move forward to bolster school districts and continue to improve student achievement. I look forward to his leadership as president.”

“The challenges we’re facing in public education today represent significant opportunities for AASA to grow,” said Pennington. “It will be critical to raise the organization’s membership so that every superintendent in this country will be able to turn to AASA as a valuable resource in their respective efforts to improve school systems nationwide. I look forward to working with AASA as well as thousands of school superintendents in my new role.”

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. He 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.


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 advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.