Riverside County Supt Dr. Judy White Announces Retirement
After 42 years of service in public education, Dr. Judy D. White will retire from her role as Riverside County’s 12th Superintendent of Schools effective November 1.
“When I was a young girl, teachers and educators helped me believe that I could accomplish great things and encouraged me to develop my voice. Over the last four decades, I have enjoyed listening to the voices of our students and helping them find theirs—an essential role that educators play in the lives of students and something I will continue to practice within our community,” said Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Judy D. White. “I inherited a great organization at RCOE when I was appointed in 2017, and I expect that momentum to continue with the next county superintendent who will take the lead in serving our students and educators in a pivotal point in history for our public schools.”
After 42 years of service in public education, Dr. White will transition into and focus on her non-profit organization, MOSAIC (Multicultural, Optimistic, Support, Aspiring, Inspiring, Called) which is aimed at addressing equity and justice issues within the community. In addition, Dr. White intends to spend more time with her church family, and her extended family—including her recently born 10th grandchild. She will also be the first Senior Fellow to join the team of the Leading with Empathy Lab. The mission of the Leading with Empathy Lab is to learn and share common stories and lessons from the history of freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad and beyond. In addition, this lab will be a clearinghouse of ideas centered on empathy to increase equity in the community.
After being appointed as Riverside County Superintendent of Schools in January of 2017, and subsequently elected by voters in 2018, Dr. White led Riverside County school districts and the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) to deepen their focus on equity, graduation rates, college/career readiness, civic engagement, and servant leadership.
Dr. Judy D. White started her K-12 educational career as a classified staff member assisting the principal at San Bernardino High School. She proceeded to earn her teaching credential and taught in multiple settings within the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). Her public school experience has included roles as a principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent within SBCUSD before being selected in 2011 as the superintendent of the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD). During her six years working with the 3,400 employees and 33,000 students at MVUSD, Dr. White increased graduation rates in Riverside County’s third largest district by 20.5% while leading the district to notable achievements and awards on a county, state, and national level. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Occidental College, a master’s in education from California State University, San Bernardino, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She is a resident of Beaumont.
The elected Riverside County Superintendent of Schools serves as both the chief executive officer of the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) and the superintendent of schools for the county’s preschool through 12th grade segment of that system—the 4th largest in the state. The County Superintendent leads the 1,700+ employees at RCOE in working with each of the county’s 430,000 students, almost 18,000 classrooms, 515 schools, and 23 school districts to help ensure all students receive a high quality education, graduate from high school well prepared for college, the workforce and civic responsibility.