Blaine C. Hess, superintendent of Jackson County Schools, was elected to a one-year term on the executive committee of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

Founded in 1865 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AASA operates as the premier organization for our nation’s school superintendents, serving thousands of education leaders throughout the United States.

The 21-member committee, elected by AASA’s governing board, represents each region of the country. The committee meets quarterly and conducts the ongoing business of the organization.

“For more than 150 years, AASA has served this nation as the leading voice of our school systems large and small,” said Hess. “I look forward to working with like-minded school district leaders who are serving rural areas as well as non-rural areas as we continue to create positive solutions on behalf of the students we serve.”

Hess has been a member of AASA since 2009 and a member of the organization’s governing board since 2015. He is currently the president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators.

In July, Hess and five other superintendents from across the country will be sworn in as AASA executive committee members during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The School Superintendents Association is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit