Dr. Judy White, Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District, made history Wednesday when the Riverside County School Board appointed her Superintendent of the Riverside County Office of Education—the first African American woman to ever hold the position.
White will replace Superintendent Kenneth Young who retired effective January 4. She will complete the remaining two years of Young’s four-year term which does not expire until January, 2019.
White will now lead the Riverside County Office of Education and its more than 1600 employees and manage its $285 million budget. In addition, she will oversee the county’s 23 school districts.
The Riverside County School Board viewed Dr. White, equal to the challenge. In her current capacity as Superintendent of the Moreno Valley Unified School District she has responsibility for at least 3,400 employees and more than 34,000 students. Her breadth of experience is admirable.
Before her appointment to Moreno Valley, White served as Deputy Superintendent for San Bernardino City Unified School District. Dr. White has served as teacher, assistant principal, principal, Special Education director, assistant superintendent for Educational Services, and deputy superintendent for Program Improvement, Curriculum/Instruction and Accountability & Research. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Aenon Bible College.
In addition, Dr. White is past president of the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators or CAAASA.
White was among ten candidates who submitted applications for the position; and for the first time in its nearly 125-year history of School Superintendents, Riverside County will have someone other than a white male serving in this important position.
Subsequent to the Board’s decision on Wednesday, White said, “On more than one occasion I have stated that I was a ‘history maker’ and a ‘stereotype breaker;’ now, I will have the wonderful opportunity to serve as the first African American female Superintendent of the Riverside County Office of Education.”
“And,” White added, “We will make history.”