AASA Installs President, President-Elect for 2015-16



James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – (July 8, 2015) – David R. Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214, in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Alton L. Frailey, superintendent of the Katy Independent School District, in Katy, Texas, were installed today as president and president-elect, respectively, of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, for 2015-16.

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

“We are fortunate to have someone of David Schuler’s caliber to represent the leadership of our nation’s school districts as president of AASA,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “David is an outstanding school administrator in every sense. As we continue to strengthen our public schools, he will be a tremendous asset to our organization in his role as president.”

Schuler is in his 11th 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 300,000 residents. He succeeds David K. Pennington, superintendent of Ponca City Public Schools, in Ponca City, Okla., as the association’s president. Pennington will remain on AASA’s executive committee as immediate past president.

“AASA is our nation’s premier thought leader in public education and I am honored to serve as its president, especially as the organization continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary,” said Schuler. “Having served as a teacher, principal and superintendent in a small rural district, and now a large, suburban district, I am looking forward to helping to advance AASA’s mission, within and beyond the education community. I am also looking forward to working with my peers throughout the nation in our efforts to champion the everyday heroes who are leading our public school districts on behalf of our nation’s children.”  

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.

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

Frailey has been a member of AASA’s governing structure since 2009, serving on the organization’s executive committee since 2011. Since 1998, he has been a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators and is currently serving as the 2014-15 TASA president.   

Frailey began his tenure as superintendent of the Katy Independent School District in 2007. Before joining KISD, he led the DeSoto Independent School District in DeSoto, Texas, from 2005 to 2007. He also served as superintendent in Cincinnati Public Schools, in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 2002 to 2005.  


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.