Finalists Named for AASA’s 2023 National Superintendent of the Year®

December 19, 2022


James Minichello

Honorees include superintendents from Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and New York

Alexandria, Va. – December 19, 2022 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 National Superintendent of the Year®. This distinction honors school system leaders throughout the country who are making a positive difference in the lives of the students they serve, in addition to ensuring the safety and wellness of their school communities.

Co-sponsored by AASA, Corebridge Financial (formerly known as AIG Life & Retirement) and
First Student, the 2023 National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced during AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb. 16, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas.

The four finalists for the 2023 National Superintendent of the Year® are:

“It is an honor to congratulate this year’s finalists. We are inspired by their leadership and commitment, and we are thankful for their dedication to students, school employees and the community,” said Terri Fiedler, president of retirement services, Corebridge Financial. “At Corebridge Financial, we are proud to support AASA and the National Superintendent of the Year® program.”

“These outstanding leaders change lives, from the students, families, faculty and staff in their school districts to their broader communities, helping to ensure a better future for all of us,” said John Kenning, CEO and president, First Student. “The four superintendents selected for this prestigious recognition represent the hallmark of education excellence. As a partner in education to school districts across North America, First Student is proud to join AASA in celebrating the profound contributions these leaders are making to create positive learning environments in our classrooms.”

“The four individuals we’re honoring exemplify the great leadership our superintendents are providing in our school systems on a 24/7 basis across the country,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The four champions for children being named today are lighting a path to create future-driven best practices on behalf of the students and staff they represent. They’re pushing the envelope to generate positive teaching and learning in the classrooms they oversee. We are grateful to Corebridge Financial and First Student for supporting our program.”

The National Superintendent of the Year® finalists will have an opportunity to meet the national education community during a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The briefing will begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

The National Superintendent of the Year® program, now in its 36th year, is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors international school superintendents. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the 2023 National Superintendent of the Year® to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated or the school now serving the same area.

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

Click here to access a list of the AASA 2023 State Superintendents of the Year.


About Corebridge Financial
Corebridge Financial (NYSE: CRBG) makes it possible for more people to take action in their financial lives. With more than $345 billion in assets under management and administration as of September 30, 2022, Corebridge is one of the largest providers of retirement solutions and insurance products in the United States. We proudly partner with financial professionals and institutions to help individuals plan, save for and achieve secure financial futures. For more information, visit and follow us on LinkedInYouTubeFacebook and Twitter.

About First Student
First Student is the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America. With a team of highly trained drivers, the industry’s strongest safety record and a fleet of nearly 47,000 vehicles, First Student provides the best start and finish to every school day. First Student delivers reliable, quality services, including full-service transportation, fleet electrification, special needs transportation, route optimization, scheduling, maintenance and charter services. 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