MEDIA ADVISORY: 2015 National Superintendent of the Year Finalists to Discuss Education Issues

James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Jan. 5, 2015 – The four finalists for the 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year will participate in a panel discussion on current trends in education at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the headquarters of the National School Boards Association at 1680 Duke Street in Alexandria, Va. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion. Rich Bagin, executive director of the National School Public Relations Association, will moderate the panel.

Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will provide remarks. Members of the media are invited to attend.

The four finalists for 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year are:

· MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Fla.

· Philip Lanoue, Clarke County School District, Athens, Ga.

· Patrick Murphy, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, Va.

· Patrice Pujol, Ascension Public Schools, Donaldsonville, La.

Co-sponsored by Aramark, VALIC and AASA, the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced during AASA’s 150th anniversary celebration at the National Conference on Education, Feb. 26-28, 2015, in San Diego, Calif.

Click here to access a list of the AASA 2015 State Superintendents of the Year.

For more information about AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program, contact Paula Dearden, AASA director of awards and scholarships, at


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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