Apr 03, 2020
Dr. Vivian Ekchian, GUSD Superintendent
The State of our Schools

Dr. Vivian Ekchain

On July 1, 2019, Dr. Ekchian became the Superintendent of Glendale USD, which serves 26,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12.  Prior to coming to Glendale Unified School District, she was the Deputy Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the nation serving nearly 600,000 Pre-K through adult student learners across 1,100+ schools and centers, where she worked for 34-years.  She has dedicated her career to serving students with a focus on language learners, educators and communities in a variety of roles, including teacher assistant, classroom teacher, principal, director of instruction, chief of staff to the superintendent of schools, chief human resources officer, chief labor negotiator, local district superintendent, associate superintendent, and interim superintendent.

As a visionary and transformational leader, Dr. Ekchian ensures students are at the center of every decision and creates coherence, inspires innovation, and accelerates the academic success of all students. A proud servant of the people, she embraces diversity and values the indispensable contributions of every student, educator, employee, parent, and community partner. Throughout her career, Dr. Ekchian has been recognized for her keen ability to accelerate student outcomes by generating innovative solutions, removing barriers, and confronting challenges head-on.

As a lifelong learner, Dr. Ekchian has a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from California State University, Northridge; a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.

A firm believer in the unparalleled power of education to transform lives, Dr. Ekchian remains committed to providing a world-class, globally competitive education to all students in order to ensure they are college, career and life ready.