Pepperdine University Selects 2011 Superintendent of the Year and Two Superintendents of Distinction

The GSEP Superintendent Advisory Council is pleased to announce the selection of Cynthia Cervantes McGuire, superintendent of Azusa Unified School District, as the recipient of the 2011 Superintendent of the Year Award. “I am honored to have been selected to receive this accolade,” professed Cervantes McGuire. “Particularly during these challenging times in public education, it is most welcome to be recognized simply for fulfilling one’s lifelong passion.”

GSEP is also pleased to recognize two Superintendents of Distinction: Judy Burton, president and CEO of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, and William Habermehl, Orange County super intendent of schools. “The Superintendents of Distinction are exactly that,” said Dr. Eric Hamilton, associate dean of education at GSEP. “They have proven themselves as student-centered, effective advocates who focus unwaveringly on student achievement. They have garnered the respect of their peers necessary to move their organizations forward in a challenging environment, and model the best of what we seek for our graduate students in educational leadership for the next generation.”

Cervantes McGuire, Burton, and Habermehl were honored for their visionary and ethical leadership, organizational management, and family and community involvement at the seventh annual Pepperdine Superintendent Advisory Council Dinner, at Tarpy’s Roadhouse restaurant in Monterey, California, on January 26, 2011, which coincided with the Association of California School Administrators annual conference. The council comprises California superintendents and school leaders, and utilizes Pepperdine as a forum for professional development and to discuss issues concerning superintendents and their schools.

“Children are the showcase of our future and it is within our power to mold that future, this year and in years to come,” stated Habermehl. “It can be as great as we make it. No challenge is too great. After such a great career in education, it is wonderful to be recognized by this prestigious university.” Burton offered a similar sentiment: “We are proud that Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools rank among the highest performing schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA USD), the nation’s second-largest school district. Alliance performance results confirm our belief that all students can achieve at high levels and graduate ready for success in college, if given the opportunity to do so.”

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