Susan Salcido was named County Superintendent of Schools in July 2017, unanimously voted by the county board to succeed long-serving County Superintendent Bill Cirone upon his retirement.
As superintendent, Ms. Salcido oversees all the operations of the office, the services provided to the 20 school districts the office serves countywide, partnerships with the business and nonprofit communities, and public communications.
Ms. Salcido grew up in Santa Maria and attended UCSB, where she majored in English and later earned her master’s degree in education. She began teaching at Dos Pueblos High School and subsequently served as assistant principal of San Marcos High School and principal of Santa Barbara Junior High School, before joining the Santa Barbara County Education Office as an Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services in 2006. From 2012-17, she was the County Education Office’s deputy superintendent.
Ms. Salcido also provides support and leadership to statewide educational committees and projects. In 2016, she was appointed by the California State Board of Education to serve on the California Practitioner’s Advisory Board. She is a chapter board member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and was recognized by the ACSA region as Administrator of the Year in 2017. She is completing the USC doctoral program at the Rossier School of Education, where she is focusing on organization change, leadership, and student equity.