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Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 18, 2017AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the finalists for the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year®. This marks the 31st anniversary of the program, which honors school system leaders throughout the country.

Co-sponsored by VALIC, First Student and AASA, the National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced at AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb. 15-17, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

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


“For more than 60 years, VALIC has been committed to our nation’s educators and the important work they do to expand the minds of the students they serve. We salute the finalists for our next National Superintendent of the Year®, each accomplished leaders in their school districts, communities and states,” said Robert Scheinerman, president, group retirement, VALIC, a division of AIG. “VALIC is proud to support causes that engage and empower our nation’s youth, and we are pleased to serve as a sponsor of a program that showcases the leadership of our public school districts.”

“The four superintendents we are recognizing epitomize the critical value of public education in our communities and our country,” said Dennis R. Maple, president, First Student. “Educating young people is not just a job, it’s a mission. On behalf of the five million passengers we transport to and from school every day, we congratulate the finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year®. We are honored to partner with AASA in a program that has a profound impact on the lives of students, teachers and school district administrators throughout North America.”

“The superintendents we are honoring represent the face of public education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This program celebrates the accomplishments by the education thought leaders we’re honoring. We also celebrate the tremendous strides public education is making in our communities. We are grateful to VALIC and First Student for supporting our program.”

The finalists for National Superintendent of the Year® will have an opportunity to meet the national education community during a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The briefing will begin at 3 p.m.

The National Superintendent of the Year® program 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 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.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.