Nation’s Top School System Leaders Meet in Washington for AASA’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year Forum



James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 11, 2019 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the nation’s premier voice for school system leaders, is pleased to host the 2019 Superintendent of the Year Forum, in Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-13, honoring excellence in school district leadership and holding discussions covering the most critical issues in public education.

 The forum, to be held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, kicks off with a full day of federal education policy panels followed by a gala spotlighting the 2019 State Superintendents of the Year, including Curtis Jones, the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year® and superintendent of the Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga.


On Day No. 2 of the forum, Jones will lead a discussion entitled, “If Leaders Matter, then What Matters to Leaders?” Following his presentation, Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, will lead an innovative leadership question-and-answer session featuring 2019 National Superintendent of the Year® finalists Jeff Butts, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indianapolis, Ind., and Brian Woods, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas. The forum concludes with a discussion focusing on educational equity led by Matthew Utterback, superintendent, North Clackamas School District and 2017 National Superintendent of the Year.
The event is co-sponsored by AASA, AIG Retirement Services and First Student, INC.

“The outstanding superintendents we honor are creating excellent models of instruction in the school districts they serve, helping shape tomorrow’s leaders and improve their communities,” said Rob Scheinerman, president of AIG Retirement Services. “For more than half a century, we have been focused on serving educators to help plan for a secure retirement. We are proud to support the AASA State Superintendent of the Year Forum and are honored to pay tribute to the fine men and women being celebrated.” 

Paul-Osland“On behalf of all of us at First Student, I want to congratulate the exemplary leaders of public education taking part in AASA’s State Superintendent of the Year Forum,” said Paul G. Osland, president, First Student. “Each day, we at First Student see firsthand the importance of having a strong leader at the helm of a school district. Each superintendent has an enormous duty and is vital to the success of our public schools. It is an honor for us to be associated with a program that shines a spotlight on outstanding school district leadership.”
“It is an honor to welcome the State Superintendents of the Year to Washington, D.C.,” said Domenech. “We’re gathering the best and brightest minds in public education to honor excellence in public school system leadership—those who work tirelessly to serve our students. The educators joining us are champions for children and stalwarts of their profession.”
Equity in education, career and college readiness and key federal policies impacting schools are among the topics that will be discussed during the forum.
Kevin-ISGNow in its 33rd year, the National Superintendent of the Year® program celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents. The criterion for the annual award includes leadership in learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement. The four finalists for the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced in December.

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




About AIG Retirement Services
For more than half a century, AIG Retirement Services has served as a leading defined contribution retirement plan provider for tax-exempt and public sector employers, including  K-12, higher education, healthcare, government, religious, charitable and other nonprofit organizations. AIG Retirement Services has more than $100 billion in total assets under administration, managing thousands of plans serving approximately 1.8 million participants. It includes the VALIC family of companies: The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company. Additional information 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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit