Arizona Superintendent Gail Pletnick Named AASA President

For Immediate Release


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)
Alexandria, Va. – (July 11, 2017) – Gail Pletnick, superintendent of Dysart Unified School District 89 in Surprise, Ariz., was sworn in today as the 2017-18 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

Under Pletnick’s leadership, her school district has a national reputation for its 21st-century learning environment and its support of a digital transformation that has changed teaching and learning. A member of AASA’s Digital Consortium, Pletnick has established and expanded multiple pathways of learning to provide rigorous learning opportunities to the district’s diverse population of students.

“Superintendents are working hard to ensure that schools have redefined, redesigned and reimagined teaching and learning environments so students will be successful beyond high school,” said Pletnick. “Becoming president of AASA is truly an honor. At a time when the stakes have never been higher in public education, I am looking forward to making sure the heavy lifting being done by our nation’s school system leaders on behalf of their school districts will be recognized in their communities and throughout the nation.”

Pletnick, the 2016 Arizona Superintendent of the Year, 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. Pletnick began her tenure as superintendent of Dysart Schools in 2007. She was an assistant superintendent in the district beginning in 2004.

“Gail Pletnick is an outstanding leader in public education and I look forward to working with her in her new role as president,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “For generations, AASA has served as the national voice for America’s superintendents and for the many children who would be unheard of if not for our organization. Gail is a champion for children in every sense. She has proven to be a tremendous asset in our work to raise the level of academic achievement in our nation’s public schools.”    

Chris Gaines, superintendent of the Mehlville School District in St. Louis, Mo., was sworn in as AASA 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