Meet the First Female Superintendent of San Diego County Schools

The San Diego County Board of Education has named Dr. Gloria E. Ciriza as its next Superintendent of Schools. Ciriza will become the first woman to ever hold the position when she takes over on July 1.

“I am thrilled to be selected and to continue advancing progress towards SDCOE’s North Star so that every child thrives in school, career, and life,” Ciriza said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be the first woman in this role, to provide representation for young women and people of color, and to advocate for all students. I look forward to connecting with educational partners throughout our region and leading the organization with integrity, compassion, and grace.”

Ciriza has worked in public education for three decades. She served as a teacher, principal, and human resources director before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Programs at SDCOE.

Ciriza has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Slippery Rock University, a master’s degree in education administration from National University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from San Diego State University. She is a member of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, and Association of California School Administrators.

In 2010, Ciriza was named Administrator of the Year by the California Association of Bilingual Educators in 2010. The Association of California School Administrators also named her Administrator of the Year for Curriculum and Instruction in 2018.