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Marana Superintendent selected as the National Superintendent of the Year for Arizona

Dr. Doug Wilson The Arizona School Administrators (ASA) has selected Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent of the Marana Unified School District, as the 2018 American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year® for Arizona. The AASA National Superintendent of the Year® Program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation's public schools. The program is designed to recognize the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents. This program is sponsored by First Student, VALIC and AASA.


Dr. Wilson will be recognized as the award recipient at the Arizona School Board Association/Arizona School Administrators Annual Superintendents Conference during the luncheon on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, and at the February 2018 AASA National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tennessee.


“It has been the greatest privilege to work in public education for the last 36 years, and I am humbled by this honor. I believe the ability to make a difference in the life of a child and influence the future through education is one of the noblest professions there is,” states Dr. Doug Wilson, Superintendent of the Marana Unified School District. “This recognition speaks more to the quality of the people who I am surrounded by, than anything I have accomplished. I cannot think of anyplace I would rather be, or anything I would rather be doing than serving the educational community in Marana as superintendent. The last nine and a half years working beside our dedicated teachers, support staff, administrators, Governing Board members, and parents have been the best years of my professional life… there is not a day that goes by that I am not inspired.” 


With 36 years in education, Dr. Doug Wilson has served as the Superintendent of Marana Unified School District since July 2008. As the chief administrative officer for the District he manages the day-to-day operations and the growth and development of the school district. Prior to joining the Marana School District, Dr. Wilson served as Assistant Superintendent in the Pueblo City Schools in Pueblo, Colorado, as well as Superintendent of the Agua Fria Union High School District in suburban Phoenix. Dr. Wilson’s experience in public education also includes teaching, coaching, and serving as an assistant principal and principal. After completing his undergraduate degree from Sterling College in Kansas, Dr. Wilson continued his education at Wichita State University earning a Masters in Education and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.


Dr. Wilson has also served in a variety of capacities throughout the community including President of the Arizona School Administrators Superintendents Division, Arizona Interscholastic Association, and the Arizona Coalition for Educational Excellence. Dr. Wilson also served as Vice President of Tucson Values Teachers Board of Directors and was a member of the YMCA Board of Directors Leadership Committee. Recognitions also include the 2014 Arizona School Administrators All Arizona Superintendent of the Year for Large Size District.