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Board of Education Schedules Vote to Confirm Dr. Darneika Watson as the Next Superintendent

Posted Date: 10/30/2023

Media Contact:
GUSD Public Information Office
Kristine Nam, Communications Director
(818) 241-3111 x1218

Distribution Date: October 6, 2023

Board of Education Schedules Vote to Confirm Dr. Darneika Watson as the Next Superintendent

GLENDALE, CA – The Glendale Unified Board of Education announced its intention to schedule a vote on a contract to confirm Dr. Darneika Watson as the next GUSD Superintendent of Schools. The Board is expected to take action on affirming Dr. Watson as Superintendent at their next meeting on Tuesday, October 10.  

Dr. Watson has served as the district’s interim superintendent since the previous superintendent, Dr. Vivian Ekchian, retired at the end of June. She has been the district’s Chief Human Resources and Operations Officer since 2020. As a dedicated academic and operational leader, Dr. Watson has served students, educators, and families across Los Angeles for more than 30 years. She spent 26 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District as a bilingual teacher and coordinator, school administrator, and executive director of district operations. Prior to coming to GUSD, Dr. Watson worked at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, providing operational support to the Inglewood Unified School District. 

“Dr. Watson is an exceptional educational leader who is committed to building positive relationships with our students, educators, staff, families, and community,” said Board President Jennifer Freemon. “She shares our Board of Education’s priorities to maximize achievement for all students, foster a positive culture of learning on every campus, and protect the health and safety of students and employees. Her steadfast leadership as interim superintendent over the past few months has proven that Dr. Watson is the right person to lead GUSD.”

For further information, please contact Kristine Nam at 818-241-3111 x1218 or