Pleasanton Unified School District

Superintendent Search

PUSD Superintendent Search Updates

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.