The power of TASA is in its members. The association depends on an active network of engaged members to serve on committees that guide TASA’s work in the areas of professional learning, advocacy, and member engagement. Policy/advisory and procedural committee appointments are made by the TASA president with recommendations from Executive Committee members and the executive director. Members interested in serving on TASA committees should contact TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown.
The Executive Committee is TASA’s primary decision-making body.
Members of the TASA Legislative Committee develop TASA’s legislative program and advise the Executive Committee and staff on the direction the association should take regarding legislative and state policy issues. They present periodic reports on legislative issues at regional study group meetings. Members serve two-year terms appointed on June 1 following each legislative session.
Committee on Race, Equity & Diversity
The TASA officers and executive director sent a letter in June 2020 to all members regarding the issues of racism, equity, and diversity. The officers then met with a steering committee composed of representatives of other educational organizations to get their input on what actions TASA should take. As a result of that input, and as stated in the letter, TASA President Brian Woods appointed a TASA Committee on Race, Equity, and Diversity that will work in three areas:
- What can TASA do to support and nurture an inclusive environment for all members?
- What services can be offered and resources provided for schools that are interested in doing this work?
- In what ways can superintendents and boards work together to address these issues should they so choose?
Study Group Chairs
Regional Study Group/Membership Chairs are elected annually within the ESC region they represent. They encourage membership in TASA and share information on TASA programs and services to administrators in their regions. The format of study group meetings, which are held to conduct association business, hold regional elections as needed, and to discuss relevant issues confronting the profession, varies from region to region.
TASA’s Major Committees are aligned with our association’s three major strategic areas.
Members of the TASA Advocacy Committee develop recommendations for the Executive Committee and staff designed to empower the TASA membership to advocate for the needs of Texas public education—whether specific or general—with a unified voice, including effective strategies for communicating with TASA members, elected officials, the media, and the public. Members serve two-year, staggered terms.
Member Engagement Committee
Members of the TASA Member Engagement Committee evaluate ongoing TASA services and develop recommendations for the Executive Committee and staff regarding the fostering, development, and strengthening of TASA services and networks to deeply engage members and develop a culture of transformation. Members serve two-year, staggered terms.
Professional Learning Committee
Members of the TASA Professional Learning Committee develop recommendations for the Executive Committee and staff regarding a cohesive professional learning and leadership development program for superintendents, members, and other administrators that is aligned with school transformation and member interests, as well as recommendations related to the association’s training and mentoring programs, seminars, academies, conferences, and related topics. Members serve two-year, staggered terms.
Several TASA committees are charged with reviewing the nominations for TASA awards programs.
Golden Deeds Award Committee
Members of the Golden Deeds Award Committee review nominations for the Golden Deeds Award, presented annually by TASA and the Texas A&M University Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development to an individual from any profession who has consistently supported Texas students and teachers through his/her positive impact on public education. Committee members are appointed annually by the TASA president and serve one-year terms.
Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Committee
Members of the Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Committee review nominations for the Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, established in 2013-14 to honor and provide financial assistance to outstanding doctoral students pursuing careers in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency. The scholarship recognizes the leadership of TASA Executive Director Emeritus Johnny L. Veselka, who retired as TASA executive director in 2018 after serving the association for nearly 44 years. Members are appointed annually by the TASA president and serve one-year terms.
School Board Awards Committee
Members of the TASA School Board Awards Committee review nominations for TASA’s school board awards and select the Honor Boards and Outstanding School Board. They are appointed annually by the TASA president and serve one-year terms. The chair is the superintendent of the year prior’s Outstanding School Board.
TASA Commissioner's Cabinet
The TASA Commissioner’s Cabinet is a special committee for which members are elected in each region to meet periodically to consult with the commissioner of education. At-large members are appointed by TASA with approval of the commissioner. Members serve one-year terms.
Editorial Advisory Committee
The TASA Editorial Advisory Committee is composed of the chairs of TASA’s major committees and Higher Education Committee. It is chaired by the TASA vice president. Committee members provide input to the TASA staff regarding the scope and content of the association’s journal, INSIGHT.
Higher Education Committee
Members of the TASA Higher Education Committee represent institutions that offer approved superintendent preparation programs. They develop recommendations for the Executive Committee and staff on areas of study, projects, and programs that should be considered by the association. Members are appointed annually by the TASA president. According to the TASA bylaws, three of the committee members must be officers of the Texas Professors of Educational Administration. They serve one-year terms.
TASB Legal Assistance Fund Board of Trustees
The is a special committee composed of the TASA president and president-elect, who serve one-year terms.
Texas Leadership Center Board
The Texas Leadership Center Board manages the activities of the Center and makes recommendations to the TASA Executive Committee about the initiatives and programs of the Texas Leadership Center.