Susan Salcido was named County Superintendent of Schools in July 2017, unanimously voted by the County Board of Education, and was elected to the office in June 2018.
The Santa Barbara County Education Office supports 20 school districts, nearly 70,000 students, and partners with organizations countywide.
Dr. 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 in 2006 as a director and then assistant superintendent for instructional services. From 2012-2017, she was the County Education Office’s deputy superintendent. She has completed the USC doctoral program at the Rossier School of Education, where she focused on organization change, leadership, and student equity.
Dr. Salcido serves on numerous local boards, including the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Fighting Back Leadership Coalition, First 5 Santa Barbara County commission, Santa Barbara County Special Education Local Plan Area Joint Powers Agency, Santa Barbara Partners in Education, and the Youth Mental Wellness Coalition. Dr. Salcido serves on the board for Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation and the Fiscal Crisis Management Team. She also served on the Marjorie Luke Theatre board and was a Katherine Harvey Fellow.
Dr. 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.