HOUSTON -

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier has been selected as one of four finalists for the American Association of School Administrators' National Superintendent of the Year.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the program, which honors school systems leaders throughout the country.

Dr. Grier became the HISD's superintendent in September 2009.

He is joined by three other finalists from Florida, Maryland and Georgia.

Co-sponsored by Aramark Education VALIC and AASA, the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced during AASA's National Conference on Education, in February.

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year program is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the 2014 AASA National Superintendent of the Year to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.