Wisconsin Superintendent Deborah Kerr Named AASA President

For Immediate Release      

James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – (July 9, 2019) – Deborah L. Kerr, superintendent of the School District of Brown Deer in Brown Deer, Wis., was sworn in today as the 2019-20 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.  

“For generations, AASA has served as the nation’s premier organization for public school system leadership,” said Kerr. “I am honored to be associated with this organization and proud of the work it does to ensure that the voices of our superintendents are being heard loud and clear when it comes to creating positive learning environments for students. I view this new assignment as an opportunity to expand professional opportunities for the countless number of administrators working tirelessly on behalf of America’s young people.”             

A member of AASA, as well as the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators since 2000, Kerr was elected to AASA’s Governing Board in 2017. 

Kerr began her tenure as superintendent of Brown Deer Schools in 2007. She previously held superintendent positions in Wisconsin’s Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Grade School District and Wilmot Grade Schools.

“I congratulate Deb Kerr—a leader of one of the most diverse school districts in Wisconsin—as our new president,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Deb will be a major asset as we move AASA’s mission forward and drive the change necessary to ensure that all children are ready to learn when they enter their school buildings.”     

Kristi Sandvik, superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District in Buckeye, Ariz., was also sworn in today 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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.