An Interview with Daniel Domenech

Daniel A. Domenech knows the American Association of School Administrators. He has been a member of the nation’s largest superintendent’s organization for almost 30 years, and served as its president in 1998-99.

That long-time loyalty to the Arlington, Va.-based organization, combined with a desire to influence education policy at the federal level, was why he decided to leave McGraw-Hill Education and return to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He replaced Paul Houston, who retired after 14 years as AASA’s executive director, on July 1.

Domenech, who served as superintendent of Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools prior to joining McGraw-Hill as senior vice president and head of the Urban Advisory resource in 2005, moved from Cuba to the United States at the age of 9. He started his career in education in the early 1970s as a sixth-grade teacher in Queens, N.Y., and has been an administrator and superintendent in several New York state school districts.

Known for his hands-on style, Domenech says his primary goals are to lead a “revitalization effort” for AASA and increase its membership and revenue base. He also wants to have a bigger seat at the table as Congress continues its work on the revision of No Child Left Behind.

Recently, Domenech talked with ASBJ Senior Editor Del Stover about the state of the school superintendency and his plans for AASA.

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