AASA Governing Board Information


Building a Collective Vision

AASA is led by a 135-member Governing Board that sets the policy agenda

for the association and a 22-member Executive Committee that approves the

association’s program plan and budget. Six advisory committees provide input

on major issues.

The Governing Board adopted the following overarching AASA Belief Statements that

further enhance the AASA mission statement and serve as guiding principles

for the organization:

AASA Belief Statements

I. Public Education - Public education is the foundation of American democracy

and is the primary vehicle for preparing each generation of adult

citizens to become contributing members of a democratic society.

II. Diversity - School leaders have a responsibility to create school cultures

that recognize and value diversity.

III. Conditions Under Which Children Learn - Environments conducive to

learning require that all variables that influence a student’s ability to succeed

should be addressed.

IV. Student Achievement - All public schools must provide a quality education

for each student, which requires meeting high standards.

V. Accountability - A system of accountability that clearly demonstrates the

level of progress attained by schools or school districts is essential to fulfilling

our mission of increasing student achievement.

VI. Leadership - The leadership provided by superintendents is critical to the

success of public school systems.

VII. Partnerships and Linkage - Building partnerships among the many stakeholders

contributes to the education and well-being of our children and

therefore is the responsibility of the entire community.

VIII. Governance - Boards of education and superintendents are the governing

team responsible for building and maintaining a strong partnership

focused on continuously increasing achievement for all students.


Four major goals are an outgrowth of AASA’s new governance system, which involves members more integrally in the association’s decisions and activities. AASA’s major goals include:

1. Grow the organization by increasing membership and other revenue,

using resources more effectively and “telling the AASA story” better to

internal and external audiences.

2. Lead and shape the dialogue regarding the improvement of public

education by advancing the Stand Up for Public Education campaign, taking

a pro-active lead on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary

Education Act, and advancing the primacy of the superintendent in school

district leadership.

3. Enhance the competence of the superintendent and other school system

leaders by developing and delivering high-quality professional development

programs and developing new standards for school system leaders.

4. Become the “go to” organization for superintendents by providing a

primary resource for hot topics related to school leadership and customized

support to members.

Current Montana Governing Board Members

Ron Whitmoyer, East Helena Schools   rwhitmoyer@ehps.k12.mt.us
Leland Stocker, Havre Schools stockerl@havre.k12.mt.us 
Jule Walker (Executive Committee Member Region 1), Plevna Schools  julew@plevna.k12.mt.us