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Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D, was named superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District in December 2004. He is the fifth superintendent since the district formed in 1959.
He brings years of experience and a commitment to educational leadership that includes administrative positions in Florida, Oregon and California. At Elk Grove Unified, Ladd continues his legacy of academic success and community involvement matched with fiscal responsibility.
Ladd is respected among peers for his communication skills and ability to collaborate with educators and community members. His areas of interest include leadership development and improved academic achievement. In addition, Ladd has made closing the achievement gap a key component of his agenda at Elk Grove Unified.
Prior to heading EGUSD, Ladd served as superintendent of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, from 2000 to 2004. Before coming to California, Ladd worked at two diverse school districts – Dade County, Florida, which had an enrollment of 300,000 students and is the fourth largest district in the nation; and Beaverton, Oregon, which has more than 35,000 students.
As an assistant superintendent for school support in Oregon, Ladd oversaw business, human resources, and community involvement divisions. He also helped plan the construction of many new schools and worked closely with local colleges.
Ladd began his educational career in 1972 as a teacher’s aide in Dade County, Florida. He eventually became a regional director for 42 Dade schools. He earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree in administration and supervision of vocational education, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts education from Florida International University. He has served as a consultant with the Panasonic Foundation on school reform and has spoken to school districts and businesses throughout the country.
Ladd is a member of several professional and civic organizations. In January 2007, Ladd was named to the National Superintendents Roundtable, a select group of 50 U.S. school superintendents supported by the College Board and Johnson and Kellogg foundations. He serves on the California School Boards Association’s Superintendents Advisory Council. In addition, he is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of California School Administrators, the Suburban Superintendents Symposium and the Horace Mann League. He is also a member of the National Ford PAS (Partnership for Advanced Studies) advisory committee. Ladd served as a member of the Public Schools for Tomorrow Consortium, a group of educators engaged in strategies for redesigning public schools for the 21st century. As Vice President of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, a Director for the Sacramento County Workforce Investment Board and an Emeritus Member of the Foundation Board for the Cosumnes River College Foundation, he contributes his energy and leadership to the community.
Superintendent Steven M. Ladd,
This has been a momentous year for public education as we adjust to enormous changes involving both the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the State of California’s new funding program for schools.