Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group

USC Rossier Dean's Superintendents Advisory Group

Established in 1980 by Ed Dundon, the Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group (DSAG) provides an opportunity for a growing group of superintendents to consult with the Dean, network with other superintendents in California, and recruit aspiring superintendents to join the USC family. DSAG elected Frank Cosca PhD ’80 as its first president in 1991. Today DSAG has approximately 200 members.

DSAG Priorities Include:

  • Serving as active and engaged members of the USC Rossier Trojan Family.
  • Raising funds for the DSAG Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports current USC Rossier EdD students aspiring to become superintendents.
  • Advising the Dean on a variety of current educational issues.
  • Sponsoring the annual USC Rossier superintendents’ dinner, the largest gathering of educational leaders affiliated with a California university.
  • Annually recognizing a USC Rossier alumnus or faculty member who has made significant contributions to K-12 education.
  • Partnering with the USC Rossier School on its annual summer Leadership Conference, which welcomes nearly 250 participants annually.

Member Events

  • DSAG Awards Dinner (January)
  • Spring DSAG Meeting (April/May)
  • Leadership Conference (July)
  • DSAG @ Associates Picnic (September)
  • Fall DSAG Meeting (September/October)

View a gallery of past DSAG events.


Superintendent Announcements

  • Christopher Downing, a current EdD student, was named superintendent of the Anaheim Elementary School District.
  • Carmen Garcia EdD ’07 was named superintendent of the San Marcos Unified School District.
  • Colleen Hawkins EdD ’17 was named superintendent of the Saugus Union School District.
  • Maria Martinez-Poulin EdD ’17 was named superintendent of the Whittier City School District.
  • Ramon Miramontes EdD ’15 was named superintendent of the Buena Park School District.
  • Robert Haley EdD ’01 was named superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District.
  • Alex Cherniss EdD ’08 was named superintendent of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.
  • Gunn Marie Hanson MS ’96 PhD ’00 was named superintendent for Orange Unified School District
  • Sherryl Carter EdD ’17 was named superintendent for the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program and Technical Center
  • Paul Gothold EdD ’17 was appointed superintendent of schools for the San Diego County Office of Education.
  • Brett Geithman EdD ’09 was named superintendent at Larkspur-Corte Madera School District.
  • David Haglund EdD ’09 was named superintendent of schools for Pleasanton Unified School District.
  • Betsy Hamilton EdD ’12 was named superintendent of Lawndale Elementary School District.
  • Crystal Turner EdD ’13 was named superintendent of Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

DSAG Hall of Fame Inductees

2019 David Cash EdD ’08
2018 John Roach EdD ’88
2017 Maria Ott PhD ‘94
2016 Michael Escalante EdD ‘02
2015 Pedro Garcia EdD ’83
2014 Jack McLaughlin MS ’65 PhD ’68 and Michael J. McLaughlin PhD ’77
2013 Karen Symms Gallagher
2012 Thomas C. Halvorsen EdD ’80
2011 Steven Fish EdD ’97
2010 Rudy Castruita EdD ’82
2009 Darline Robles PhD ’93
2008 Mike Caston MS ’73 EdD ’80 PhD ’81
2007 Carol Wilson PhD ’80
2006 Robert French ’52 PhD ’69
2005 Stuart Gothold EdD ’74

For more information please contact:

Matt DeGrushe

Director of Alumni Engagement