Dr. David R. Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214, was installed July 8 as the president of a national organization championing high quality public education with more than 13,000 educational leaders in the U.S and Canada.
Schuler will lead AASA, The School Superintendents Association, for the 2015-16 school year. His installation ceremony was held in conjunction with AASA’s Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Schuler is in his 11th year leading District 214—the second-largest high school system in Illinois. Recognized as a Blue Ribbon High School District by the U.S. Department of Education, his school system serves approximately 300,000 residents.
“We are fortunate to have someone of David Schuler’s caliber to represent the leadership of our nation’s public school districts as president of AASA,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA. “David is an outstanding school administrator in every sense. As we continue to strengthen our public schools, he will be a tremendous asset to our organization in his role as president.”
Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his doctoral research focused on leadership theory and the building of credible relationships between superintendents and their administrative teams.
He spent the first 13 years of his career in Wisconsin as a social studies teacher,coach, student activities and athletic director, principal and superintendent. In 2005, he was named superintendent of District 214, which has approximately 12,000 students in 10 schools and programs.
Under Schuler’s leadership, achievement levels in District 214 have soared amid changing demographics: the Class of 2014 ACT composite score maintained a record high of 23.5, well above the state and national average, and the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests has more than doubled.
“AASA is our nation’s premier thought leader in public education and I am honored to serve as its president, especially as the organization continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary,” said Schuler. “Having served as a teacher, principal and superintendent in a small rural district, and now a large, suburban district, I am looking forward to helping to advance AASA’s mission, within and beyond the education community. I am also looking forward to working with my peers throughout the nation in our efforts to champion the everyday heroes who are leading our public school districts on behalf of our nation’s children.”