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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 at the local, state and national levels. He is the 2014 Elk Grove Citizen Man of the Year. He is also the chair-elect for the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and a Director for the Sacramento County Workforce Investment Board. He serves as the co-chair of the Steering Committee for the National Superintendents Roundtable, a select group of 50 U.S. school superintendents embraced by the College Board and other foundations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Horace Mann League. 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 and the Association of California School Administrators. He is also a member of the National Ford Next Generation Learning 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.
Superintendent Steven M. Ladd,
A new school year has begun. Our 13 year-round elementary schools have already welcomed back students, parents and staff and our schools on modified traditional and traditional calendars are gearing up for an August 14 start.