GLENDALE (Los Angeles Times) — Seventeen men have held the position of Glendale Unified School District superintendent, dating back to Richardson D. White in 1913.
On Tuesday, May 21, the district’s board voted on hiring Armenian native, Glendale resident and Los Angeles Unified School District Deputy Supt. Vivian Ekchian as the district’s next superintendent during its next regular meeting.
Ekchian would fill a void vacated after the board voted, 3-2, to end the three-year tenure of Winfred B. Roberson Jr., the district’s first African American superintendent, on January 29.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve the Glendale Unified School District if the board approves my contract,” said Ekchian, who added she would go more into detail about her plans after Tuesday, if she’s selected.
Ekchian has spent nearly 12 years at L.A. Unified in a variety of roles, including human resources chief, chief labor negotiator and associate superintendent of support services.
She served as the district’s interim superintendent for three months in 2018 before L.A. Unified hired former Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner as superintendent in May.