Oregon Superintendent Gustavo Balderas Named AASA President-elect
July 12, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alexandria, Va. – (July 12, 2023) – Gustavo Balderas, superintendent of Beaverton School District, in Beaverton, Ore., was sworn in today as the 2023-24 president-elect of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.
Balderas has served as superintendent in Beaverton since 2022, after serving as school district leader in Edmonds, Wash., Eugene Ore., and two California districts. He first joined AASA in 2011.
“As a proud product of American public schools, education is the backbone of our democracy,” said Balderas. “Leadership sustainability among my superintendent peers throughout the country will be a top priority as president-elect for AASA, an organization which I am so proud to be a part of.”
“Leadership sustainability among my superintendent peers throughout the country will be a top priority as president-elect for AASA, an organization which I am so proud to be a part of.”
Balderas is a current member of the AASA executive committee and is the president of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. He was named AASA National Superintendent of the Year® and Oregon Superintendent of the Year in 2020.
“Superintendent Balderas’ contributions to public education are nothing short of immeasurable and represent what is best for leading advanced instructional practices at Beaverton Schools,” said David R. Schuler, executive director, AASA. “He has steadfastly promoted academic achievement and has demonstrated integrity wherever he has been throughout his career. It will be an honor for me to work side-by-side with Gustavo in his new role as president-elect.”
Balderas’ post-secondary degrees include D.Ed., University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.; M.S., Portland State University, Portland, Ore.; B.A., Western Oregon State College, Monmouth, Ore.
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Gladys Cruz, district superintendent of Questar III BOCES in Castleton, N.Y., was also sworn in today as the 2023-24 president of AASA. The installation ceremony was held in conjunction with AASA’s Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.
About AASAAASA, 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.