Rowland Heights: Retired Superintendent Roach Selected as RUSD Interim


John Roach, Ed.D


Rowland Heights – Educational and leadership consultant John Roach, Ed.D, (John Roach & Associates) will be the Interim Superintendent at Rowland Unified this summer while the superintendent search process continues.

Roach is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California teaching the courses “Leadership” and “Accountability.” He was Superintendent of Carlsbad Unified from 2004-12 and at Charter Oak Unified from 1998-2004, and is known for his leadership while also serving in Brea Olinda Unified and East Whittier City School Districts. He serves on the Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group of the University of Southern California and has been active in the Association of California School Administrators Association, serving as charter president and on various state committees. Roach received his Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Southern California and his M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University.

“The Board is delighted to have Dr. John Roach join the Rowland Unified School District.  Dr. Roach comes with a broad range of experiences to assist the district during this transition process,” said Board President, Heidi L. Gallegos. Roach will serve as Interim Superintendent on a part-time basis, approximately three days per work week, during the summer months pending completion of the current search for a permanent superintendent. The timeline for the superintendent search process includes advertising and applications for the position concluding on July 11.  Interviews will take place in August, with the hiring of the new leader expected in September, 2014.

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