Search Process at a Glance

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


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 Board and Superintendents selected in 2019, 2018, and 2017!

2019 Superintendent Selections

  • Berkeley Unified School District: Brent Stephens
  • Central Union High School District: Ward Andrus
  • Eastern Sierra Unified School District: Heidi Torix
  • Hanford Joint Union High School District: Victor Rosa
  •  Lassen Union High School District: Morgan Nugent
  • Los Alamitos Unified School District: Andrew Pulver
  • Oak Grove Union School District: Amber Stringfellow
  • San Lorenzo Unified School District: Daryl Camp
  • Westminster School District: Cyndi Paik

2018 Superintendent Selections

  • Alvord Unified School District: Allan Mucerino
  • Banta Elementary School District: Daniel Moore
  • Buena Park School District: Ramón Miramontes
  • Duarte Unified School District: Gordon Amerson
  • Emery Unified School District: Quiauna Scott
  • Galt Joint Union High School District: William Spalding
  • Guadalupe Union School District: Emilio Handall
  • Le Grand Union Elementary School District: Scott Borba
  • Modesto City Schools: Sara Noguchi
  • Newhall School District: Jeff Pelzel
  • Oroville City Elementary School District: Spencer Holtom
  • Oxford Preparatory Academy: Joshua Arnold
  • Pacifica School District: Heather Olsen
  • Santa Paula Unified School District: Ed Cora
  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District: Socorro Shiels
  • Stockton Unified School District: John Deasy
  • Summerville Union High School District: Michael Merrill
  • Wheatland Union High School District: Nicole Newman
  • Whittier City School District: Maria Martinez-Poulin
  • Wilsona School District: Susan Andreas-Bervel
  • Wiseburn Unified School District: Blake Silvers
  • Woodlake Unified School District: Alfonso Gamino

2017 Superintendent Selections

  • 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: Brett Geithman
  • 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