Texas Superintendent Alton Frailey Named AASA President

For Immediate Release

James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – (July 13, 2016) – Alton L. Frailey, superintendent of the Katy Independent School District in Katy, Texas, was sworn in today as president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, for 2016-17.    

Frailey succeeds David R. Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill. Schuler will remain on AASA’s executive committee as immediate past president.  

“For more than 150 years, AASA has served as the nation’s top source to support America’s school district leadership and promote the accomplishments of our nation’s superintendents,” said Frailey. “As we continue to influence the national dialogue about the critical impact public education is making throughout the country, I am humbled and honored to take on the role as president of this great organization.”

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 served as the 2014-15 TASA president. 

“Alton Frailey is an educational leader in every sense and a champion for children on the national stage,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “AASA represents every superintendent in our country and has a significant voice in our nation’s capital. Alton will be a major asset as we work to strengthen that voice.”       

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

Gail Pletnick, superintendent of Dysart Unified School District 89 in Surprise, Ariz., was also sworn in as AASA’s president-elect. The installation ceremony was held in conjunction with AASA’s Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.


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.