ANCA-Glendale Urges GUSD Board To Maintain Transparent Process In Selecting New Superintendent

ANCA-Glendale Community Outreach Coordinator Tigranna Zakaryan addresses  the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education

ANCA-Glendale Community Outreach Coordinator, Tigranna Zakaryan, addresses the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education

GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee of America, Glendale Chapter (ANCA-Glendale) addressed the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 urging for a transparent, and community driven process in selecting the new superintendent due to replace current GUSD superintendent, Dr. Richard Sheehan in the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.

Three executive search firms were selected to present their process of identifying a qualified pool of candidates for the position and assisting GUSD Board of Education in the hiring process: CBSA/ McPherson & Jacobson, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, and Leadership Associates. The ANCA-Glendale along with several other community-based groups conveyed the importance of carrying out the search in a well-managed fashion that placed community input and outreach efforts at the forefront of the hiring process.

“It is of the utmost importance that that new superintendent demonstrates their readiness to fully immerse themselves in our community,” stated ANCA-Glendale Community Outreach Coordinator Tigranna Zakaryan. “They must maintain their leadership in a manner that prioritizes cultural diversity and a willingness to engage in continuous open dialogue with all GUSD personnel as well as community members and organizations.”

Following the presentations and Q & A session with each group, the Board of Education discussed the pros and cons of each search firm and casted a majority vote to hire CBSA/ McPherson & Jacobson. In the coming weeks the selected firm will begin soliciting the position with the goal of submitting its chosen candidates to the Board of Education by August 2015, who aim to finalize their selection by October.

As Dr. Richard Sheehan prepares to embark on his new position as superintendent of Covina-Valley Unified School District, former GUSD deputy superintendent Donald Empey will serve as the district’s interim superintendent. The ANCA-Glendale looks forward to working with GUSD officials and assisting the selected firm in becoming better acquainted with key issues that impact the academic livelihoods of both Armenian and non-Armenian students. The organization particularly focuses its efforts on supporting first generation immigrant parents through the district’s Welcome Center; further developing the Foreign Language Academic of Glendale (FLAG) Dual Immersion language programs; and ensuring that the ethnic diversity of all GUSD administration, teachers, and staff are rightfully balanced in relation to the overall demographic of students district-wide.

For more information or if you are interested in getting involved, please contact ANCA-Glendale Community Outreach Coordinator Tigranna Zakaryan: or 818-243-3444


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