Pleasanton Unified School District

Superintendent Search

PUSD Superintendent Search Updates

May 31, 2017: Board of Trustees Identify Finalist for Superintendent 

The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees has identified Dr. David Haglund as the finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools.


Dr. Haglund has served as the Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services and Chief Academic Officer for the Santa Ana Unified School District since 2013, where he has led academic programs for the District’s 60 school sites. A proven instructional leader, Dr. Haglund is passionate about nurturing personalized learning environments to help all students achieve their unique potential.  


Over his 29-year career in education, Dr. Haglund has held positions as a classroom teacher, principal and district administrator.  


“From this wide range of experiences, he demonstrates genuine respect and empathy for all functions throughout the District,” said Board President Joan Laursen. “We believe that his warm and personable nature will help him connect with the staff, students, parents and community leaders throughout our District who work together to make education a great experience for all students.”


Prior to leading educational services in Santa Ana Unified, Dr. Haglund served as Director of Educational Options and then Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support at the Riverside Unified School District. Dr. Haglund also served as the founder and principal of the Riverside Virtual School in the Riverside Unified School District.


Dr. Haglund started his educational career as a Social Science teacher in Rialto Unified School District and holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California.   


Board Trustees, District administrators, as well as classified and certificated employee representatives will be visiting the Santa Ana Unified School District on June 2 and 5, to meet with Dr. Haglund's current colleagues and school community members. Visiting the site of the Superintendent finalist is part of the Board of Trustees' commitment to conduct its due diligence before finalizing a contract. Both site visits will be posted publicly as special board meetings. A contract is set to come to the Board of Trustees on June 13.


May 15, 16 & 17, 2017: Superintendent Finalist Interviews 

Trustees held special board meetings to conduct interviews with three final candidates. The afternoon of the each candidate interview began with a tour of the District with two Board members followed by a dinner and interview with the full Board. The following morning of each interview, the candidate met with two Board members to present their compensation expectations.


May 9, 2017: Community Panel Interview

A community panel held interviews with three Superintendent finalists. The community panel consisted of a District administrator, school principal, classified and certificated employees, a PUSD student, as well as five community members. 


May 6 & 7: Superintendent First Round Interviews

Trustees held special meetings on May 6 and 7, 2017 to conduct first round interviews with Superintendent candidates. Interviews were held in two hour intervals.


May 2, 2017: Superintendent Candidate Review 

During a May 2 special board meeting, Trustees reviewed the slate of Superintendent candidates with search consultants Jim Negri and Barbara Young. Over 50 applications were reviewed by consultants including both in-state and out-of-state candidates. The Board will hold special meetings on May 6 & 7, 2017 to hold first round interviews. The full Superintendent Search calendar outlining next steps is available below. 


April 18, 2017: Superintendent Search Update at Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

At the April 18, 2017 Board of Trustees regular meeting, Hazard, Young and Attea (HYA) executive search consultants Barbara Young and Jim Negri presented the Leadership Profile and the Superintendent Search Survey reports. These reports were compiled from input received during community stakeholder meetings held on March 22 and March 23, as well as the online survey which was open from March 14-31, 2017. Click here to view the full agenda.


Next Steps: 

  • May 2, 2017: The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting to review the slate of Superintendent candidates 
  • May 6 & 7, 2017: The Board of Trustees will hold first round interviews during special meetings. 
  • View the full Superintendent Search Calendar here.


View the final Leadership Profile and report from the Superintendent Search Survey results:



March 16, 2017: Superintendent Search Community Forums  

All community members are invited to attend three community forums to gain input for the PUSD Superintendent search. Please join us for one of the three events below: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
10:30 - 11:30 AM at the Pleasanton Unified School District Office Board Room, 4665 Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton 
7:00 - 8:00 PM at the Amador Valley High School Library, 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton
Thursday, March 23, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 PM at the Pleasanton Unified School District Office Board Room, 4665 Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton  


March 14, 2017: Superintendent Search Online Survey

A key step in the search process is to identify characteristics the Pleasanton community believe are important in our new Superintendent. To help collect this critical input, we have just launched an online survey which we encourage you to complete. 

To take the Superintendent Search survey, visit: The survey is available in English, Spanish and Chinese and will be open through March 31, 2017
The survey is open to all community members, so please feel free to share with anyone interested. 


March 7, 2017: PUSD Board of Trustees Lay Out Next Steps in Superintendent Search Process

The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Trustees discussed the timeline and next steps for the Superintendent search during a special meeting held on March 7, 2017. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) consultants, Barbara Young and Jim Negri, who were approved to conduct the Superintendent search during the February 28 regular board meeting, spoke to services the nationwide executive search firm would provide and addressed questions regarding the proposed search process.    

The first step discussed during the special board meeting was gathering community input, which will be critical in the Superintendent search process. HYA will host a series of meetings with a diverse array of community groups including city and business leaders, parents, senior citizens as well as District and school site staff. The community input process will also include town halls open to the entire community. Dates for community town halls will be announced publicly in the next week.

HYA will also create a research-based online survey to gather input from community members, which will be offered in English, Spanish and Chinese. The survey will be open from March 14 - 31, 2017. A link to the online community survey will be shared on March 14, 2017.  

Based on community and Board input, HYA will create a Leadership Profile outlining the values, qualities, and characteristics the PUSD community is seeking in its next Superintendent.  This Leadership Profile will be presented publicly during the April 18 regular board meeting.

The timeline for candidate screening and interviews was also discussed, with Superintendent interviews planned to begin in the last week of April. Final candidates will undergo an in-depth background check, including a review of media coverage and social media presence, as well as standard criminal and credit checks. This will be done in addition to a series of reference checks.

The Board of Trustees is committed to having a permanent Superintendent in place by July 1, 2017.  

More information on the process and timeline presented by HYA can be found in the March 7 special board meeting agenda under item 6.1.

Superintendent Search Calendar
During a special board meeting on March 7, the Board of Trustees discussed the Superintendent search timeline*. Download a copy below to learn more about the process and next steps. 
*Note: Some dates are tentative and subject to change. Check back here for regular updates.