ARLINGTON, Va.–Paul D. Houston, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, today announced his plans to retire in June 2008. Houston has led the association as executive director since 1994.

"Paul Houston has been an outstanding leader for our organization and he has represented the interests of our members and the children of our country in a superb manner," said Eugene G. White, AASA president and superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools. "For more than 14 years, he has simply done a great job."

"Serving as executive director of AASA has been the greatest honor and privilege of my professional career," said Houston. "Now, I look forward to moving to the next phase of my life. I am retiring from my job, but not my passions. I hope to continue to stir up as much dust as I can about the issues that I feel strongly about–public education and its critics, the welfare of children, the right kind of school reform and the need for accountability from our leaders."

Houston said that the AASA Executive Committee has named a search committee to find his successor.

Prior to joining AASA as executive director, Houston was superintendent of schools in Princeton, N.J.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Riverside, Calif. He also served as an assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Ala., and as a teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey. He received a bachelor´s degree from the Ohio State University, a master´s degree from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate of education from Harvard University.

About AASA

AASA, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA´s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA´s major focus is standing up for public education. For more information, please visit www.aasa.org.

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