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  • Gwen served as Superintendent of Irvine Unified School District until June 2011.
  • Gwen also served as Superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Beverly Hills Unified School District, the Ojai Unified School District and Hermosa Beach City School District.
  • She has been a principal, special education administrator, elementary and middle grades teacher and for four years facilitated a National Inservice Network Grant focused on building capacity for special education leaders.
  • Gwen received her BA from the University of Wisconsin, Masters in Special Education and Administration from the University of Akron and received her Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Special Education Administration from Kent State University in Ohio.
  • For 12 years, Gwen taught in Pepperdine University’s Educational Leadership Academy in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and at California State University-Northridge.
  • She has served as the President of the National Suburban School Superintendents’ organization, Conference Chair of the ACSA Superintendents’ Symposium, Chair of the Tri-County Superintendents’ Association (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura), President of the Southern California Superintendents’ organization and a member of the CSBA Superintendents’ Advisory Committee and the CSBA Legal Alliance.
  • Gwen was named the ACSA Tri-County Superintendent of the Year, the Pepperdine University 2005 Superintendent of the Year, has received the City of Irvine Team Kids first “Spirit Award” and the Executive Educator “Top 100” Award for leadership and the California PTA Golden Oak Award.
  • Married to retired California Superintendent Jerry Gross, they have two sons and a daughter. The Gross’ live in Long Beach.