Dr. John Fitzpatrick, superintendent in residence at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), was recently awarded the recognition of outstanding support for education (R.O.S.E.) Award from the University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education. The award was established by USC in 1990 to acknowledge individuals and organizations that have helped advance knowledge and practice in the field of education. Former R.O.S.E. Award recipients include President William and Senator Hillary Clinton, the Annenberg Foundation, Harry Handler (former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent), and the Ahmanson Foundation.
Fitzpatrick was acknowledged for his leadership and dedication to educational excellence throughout his career. “I am humbled by this prestigious award. I join an outstanding group of individuals who through the years have been dedicated to the goal of educational excellence. My commitment to students and to making a positive difference in their lives is what I have strived for throughout my educational career,” commented Fitzpatrick.
For more than 34 years Fitzpatrick has worked in the education environment. During that time he has served as teacher, high school principal, director of secondary schools, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of various districts, the last of which was the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Fitzpatrick also serves as the chair and president of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, K-University.
At GSEP, Fitzpatrick chairs the Superintendent Advisory Council, a group established to cultivate relationships with state superintendents who advise GSEP on teacher credentialing, administrative training, and master’s and doctoral programs. The council also expands career opportunities for students by networking with educational leaders to establish student teaching and administrative fieldwork placements, form dissertation committees, and participate in future adjunct positions.