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

  • Elizabeth Eminhizer EdD ’19 was named superintendent of Covina-Valley Unified School District
  • Jennifer Root EdD ’17 was named superintendent of the Menifee Union School District
  • Julie Synyard EdD ’10 was named superintendent of Martinez Unified School District
  • Raul Ramirez ’01, EdD ’14 was named superintendent of Mesa Union School District
  • Alfonso Jimenez EdD ’12 was named superintendent of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
  • John Lopez, a current EdD student, was named superintendent of Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District
  • Rebeca Andrade EdD ’16 was named superintendent of Salinas City Elementary School District
  • Jill Baker EdD ’04 was named superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District
  • Tim Stowe EdD ’03 was named interim superintendent of Torrance Unified School District
  • Vivian Ekchian EdD ’19 was named superintendent for Glendale Unified School District
  • Emy Flores EdD ’15 was named superintendent for Evergreen School District
  • Maria Gandera EdD ’02 was named superintendent for Coachella Valley Unified School District
  • Scott Price PhD ’03 was named superintendent for Lennox School District

DSAG Hall of Fame Inductees

2021 Gregory Franklin ’83, EdD ’97
2020 David Verdugo EdD ’05
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
2004 John Duncan PhD ’70
2003 Robert Ferris PhD ’65
2002 Frank Cosca PhD ’80
2001 John Stallings ’48, PhD ’58
2000 Charles Terrell PhD ’66
1999 Leonard Murdy ’48, MS ’50, PhD ’62

For more information please contact:

Matt DeGrushe

Director of Alumni Engagement