State of the Superintendency
Motivation for the Position
School Administrator, November 2018

What factor is the leading motivator for an educator to become a superintendent? A nationwide survey of superintendents by AASA identified this atop the list by a considerable margin: The opportunity to help students succeed.

A distant second among the 851 respondents: Dedication to the school system.

SOURCE: “Study of the American Superintendent: 2015 Mid-Decade Update,” a collaboration of AASA and research partners Charol Shakeshaft (Virginia Commonwealth University), Margaret Grogan (Chapman University), Whitney Sherman (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Kerry Robinson (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). Full report available at