Nation’s Top School District Leaders Convene in Washington for AASA’s State Superintendent of the Year Forum


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 8, 2017 – As AASA, The School Superintendents Association, continues to strengthen school district administration through its programs and policies, the 2017 State Superintendents of the Year will gather in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8-10, to honor excellence in district leadership and discuss the most critical issues in public education.

The forum, which will kick off with a gala at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, is co-sponsored by AASA, VALIC and First Student.

Matthew Utterback, AASA’s 2017 National Superintendent of the Year® and superintendent of North Clackamas School District in Milwaukie, Ore., is attending along with this year’s State Superintendents of the Year.

“We are so pleased to partner with AASA and First Student as we honor the standard of excellence regarding school district leadership,” said Robert Scheinerman, president, group retirement, VALIC. “The superintendents attending the forum are driving positive change in their school districts and communities. We thank them for the outstanding work they do.”

“On behalf of the five million passengers we transport to and from school every day, we congratulate the men and women who will be joining us in Washington, D.C., as part of AASA’s State Superintendent of the Year Forum,” said Dennis R. Maple, president, First Student. “First Student is proud to be part of a program that showcases the country’s finest in school district leadership. The individuals being honored are providing successful models of instruction and promising futures for the students they’re serving.”

“The AASA State Superintendent of the Year Forum is a convening of some of the sharpest minds in public education to share best practices and key strategies that are working in their respective school districts,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The educators joining us are champions for children and stalwarts of their profession. Their work is to be commended.”        

Topics of discussion throughout the forum will include innovative leadership, the public’s attitudes toward public education, key federal policies impacting schools and equity in education.    

Now in its 31st year, the National Superintendent of the Year® program celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents. The criteria for the annual award includes leadership in learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement. The four finalists for the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced in December.

For more information about the program, contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA assistant director, meetings, at


For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement plan provider for higher education, as well as for K-12 schools and school districts, healthcare, government and other not-for-profit institutions. VALIC, the group retirement division of AIG, has more than $89 billion in total assets under management as of December 31, 2016, and manages plans for nearly 23,000 groups serving more than 1.9 million participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company. Additional information about VALIC can be found at

About First Student
As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes five million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, maintenance and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts. For more information, please visit
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