Arizona Superintendent Gail Pletnick to be Named AASA President-Elect

James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – May 19, 2016 – Gail Pletnick, superintendent of Dysart Unified School District 89 in Surprise, Ariz., was named 2016-17 president-elect of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.  

“As we build strong professional networks of superintendents across the country, I am thrilled to welcome Gail Pletnick as our next president-elect,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “An active member of AASA’s Digital and Personalized Learning Consortiums, she is already serving as a national ambassador to support school district leadership on two of the most critical issues in education. I look forward to working with her as we continue to reshape our nation’s public education agenda on behalf of our children and the achievements of our school systems.”    
The 2016 Arizona Superintendent of the Year, Pletnick has been a member of AASA’s governing structure since 2008 and has served on the organization’s executive committee since 2013. She has also been a member of the Arizona School Administrators Association since 2002.   

“The educational leaders of our nation’s public school systems provide the strength, passion and expertise that drive change in American education,” said Pletnick. “AASA empowers those leaders through efforts in the areas of advocacy, networking and professional growth. I will dedicate myself to supporting, promoting and celebrating the accomplishments of superintendents as we work to shape the future of American schools.”

Pletnick began her tenure as superintendent of Dysart Schools in 2007. She was an assistant superintendent in the district beginning in 2004.

Pletnick and other newly-elected AASA governance members will begin their terms on July 1. Alton L. Frailey, superintendent of the Katy Independent School District in Katy, Texas, and Pletnick will be sworn in as president and president-elect respectively during a ceremony at a summer meeting of the governing board in Washington, D.C., on July 13, 2016.


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