Search Process

  • The Board is our client and directs the search.
  • LA provides the expertise to guide the Board to a successful selection.
  • In brief, our process includes the following steps:
    • Meet with the Board to develop a profile of the next superintendent
    • Meet with community and staff to solicit their input
    • Develop a position description and website information based on the ideal candidate profile
    • Advertise on a national level
    • Recruit candidates to the profile
    • Check references thoroughly
    • Meet with the Board for its selection of finalists
    • Assist the Board throughout the final interviews and steps to completion of the hiring of the new superintendent

Search Process Flow Chart


Leadership Associates has worked with School Boards in their selection of more than 350 district superintendents since 1996.

In addition, Leadership Associates has conducted searches for the following positions:

  • Executive Director – statewide (ACSA and CCEE)
  • Superintendent, County Office of Education
  • Superintendent and Executive Director, Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
  • Assistant/Associate Superintendent
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Chief Business Official
  • Director; SELPA, Special Education, Human Resources
  • Principal; High School, Middle School, Elementary School

Congratulations to School Boards and Superintendents selected in 2017 and 2016!!


Bass Lake Unified School District Randy Seals
Coachella Valley Unified School District Edwin Gomez
East Whittier City School District Marc Patterson
Folsom-Cordova Unified School District Sarah Koligian
Fowler Unified School District Scott Griffin
Fresno Unified School District Robert Nelson
Goleta Union School District Donna Lewis
Inglewood Unified School District Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana
Larkspur-Corte Madera School District Bart Hoffman
Lemon Grove School District Kimberly Berman
Los Banos Unified School District Mark Marshall
Oakland Unified School District Kyla Johnson-Trammell
Orange Unified School District Gunn Marie Hansen
Red Bluff Union Elementary School District Cliff Curry
Sacramento Unified School District Jorge Aguilar
Saddleback Valley Unified School District Crystal Turner
San Bruno School District Stella Kemp
San Francisco Unified School District Vincent Matthews
South Whittier Elementary School District Gary Gonzales
Vallejo City Unified School District Adam Clark


Amador County Unified School District Amy Slavensky
Antioch Unified School District Stephanie Anello
Bakersfield City School District Harry “Doc” Ervin
Davis Jt. Unified School District John Bowes
Dublin Unified School District Leslie Boozer
La Habra City School District Joanne Culverhouse
Newark Unified School District Patrick Sanchez
Pajaro Valley Unified School District Helen Rodriguez
Palm Springs Unified School District Sandra Lyon
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Gregory Plutko
Plumas Unified School District Terry Oestreich
Rancho Santa Fe School District David Jaffe
San Jose Unified School District Nancy Albarran
San Ramon Valley Unified School District Rick Schmitt
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Ben Drati
Santa Rosa City Schools Dian Kitamura
Santee School District Kristin Baranski
Scotts Valley Unified School District Tanya Krause
West Contra Costa Unified School District Matthew Duffy