Superintendent Named President of AASA

Mehlville Superintendent Named President of School Superintendents Association
Posted on 07/16/2018
Photo of Dr. Chris GainesDr. Chris Gaines, superintendent of Mehlville School District, was sworn in last week as the 2018-2019 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

“It has been a professional honor working with some of the best superintendents in the country through my work at AASA,” Dr. Gaines said. “The key components woven into AASA’s mission include advocacy, equity and leadership development. During my tenure as AASA president, I will work diligently to strengthen those components, which can only empower our superintendents as they work to increase student learning outcomes for the students they serve. I am proud to be a superintendent at the Mehlville School District and equally as proud to be part of AASA.”

A member of AASA’s inaugural 2017 Personalized Learning Cohort and Certification program, Gaines is also an active member of AASA’s Digital Consortium. His district hosted the consortium's 2018 spring meeting. "When (our members) are engaging together, they’re able to learn together and when they go home, they can lead their districts toward a brighter future for their students," he said at the meeting.

Gaines has been a member of AASA’s governing structure since 2008 and has served on the organization’s executive committee since 2014. He has also been a member of the Missouri Association of School Administrators since 2001.

"I often refer to superintendents as ‘champions for children.’ For what he has accomplished throughout his career, Chris Gaines is a ‘champion’s champion’ and I congratulate him as our new president,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Chris works to escalate and promote such cutting-edge tools on behalf of students as personalized and digital learning. He has been nothing short of outstanding. I look forward to working with him in his new role."
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