AASA Appoints Valerie Truesdale as Assistant Executive Director


James Minichello
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valerie truesdale headshotAlexandria, Va. – Dec. 19, 2018 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the nation’s premier organization for school district leadership, announced today the appointment of Valerie P. Truesdale as assistant executive director, leadership services.

In January, Truesdale will join the leadership services team, which offers the country’s leading networking and professional learning opportunities for superintendents and aspiring district leaders. She will develop, lead and implement AASA professional learning programs, including Women in School Leadership, Wallace grants, strategic partnerships, professional learning cohorts and consortia.
“A proven, K-12 education leader and a champion for children, Valerie’s appointment will significantly strengthen AASA’s leadership team as we work to create career pathways and winning strategies for the nation’s leaders of public education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We are extremely excited that Valerie is joining the AASA family. Her work in the digital learning conversion, personalized learning and overall district administration strategic planning comprise just a sample of what Valerie brings to AASA and school system leadership.”

Truesdale previously served as superintendent in two districts, chief learning officer, and chief technology and transformation officer. She brings experience in rural, suburban and urban settings to support AASA’s members.

“We are excited to have someone with Valerie’s depth of experience in curriculum, strategy, and overall education administration join our team,” said Mort Sherman, associate executive director, leadership services. “At a time when excellence in school district leadership has never been more important, Valerie’s appointment will bolster our leadership services department, which has a direct impact on scores of superintendents, school building leaders and other administrators across the country. As the current co-chair of AASA’s Personalized Learning Cohort, and as a recognized national educational leader, Valerie brings an experienced and exciting perspective to AASA’s strategically expanding programs and services.”

With more than 25 years in public education, Truesdale joins AASA after serving as associate superintendent for personalization and school partnerships with Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools. She previously served as superintendent at South Carolina’s Beaufort County (2007-2012) and Oconee County (2003-2007) School Districts.

A native of Columbia, S.C., she also served as chief instructional services officer for Lexington and Richland Counties for nine years and was on the senior staff at the South Carolina State Department of Education’s policy division from 1992-1995. She held principal, assistant principal and personnel administrator positions earlier in her career.

“I am so honored to be working for AASA, an organization that, for generations, has been a driving force behind national education policy as well as a voice for public education and school district leadership,” said Truesdale, AASA’s first-ever Women in School Leadership Award recipient. “AASA is a benchmark for engaging superintendents to grow skills and knowledge so that we bolster teaching and learning strategies on behalf of the 50 million public school students nationwide.”

For her contributions to public education, her awards, recognitions and accomplishments include:
  • Charlotte Business Journal’s Charlotte CIO of the Year, 2016
  • Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the National Center for Digital Education, 2014
  • South Carolina Association of School Administrators Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
  • AASA’s first Women in School Leadership Award recipient, 2011
  • South Carolina State Superintendent of the Year, 2009
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) president and board member, 2003-2010
  • Sprint 1 Million District Advisory Council, present
  • Click here to read the AASA case study on personalized learning featuring Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
  • Click here to view the AASA Digital Consortium Summer 2018 meeting, held at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
  • Click here to view AASA Personalized Learning Cohort Fall 2017 meeting, held at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Truesdale earned a doctorate’s degree of philosophy in educational administration from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Clemson University. 


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.