The Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group (DSAG) Endowed Scholarship

California educators are being asked to meet the highest standards while being funded at the lowest levels in America. To make a difference for the students, we need leaders trained to transform education in urban schools.

John Roach EdD ’88, chair of the DSAG Endowment Challenge

The Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group (DSAG), a group of 160 active and retired USC Rossier alumni superintendents, established a $100,000 endowment in January 2013 to provide scholarships to Rossier doctoral candidates who aspire to superintendency.

The DSAG Endowment Challenge, led by John Roach EdD ’88, encouraged members to raise the funds, which will support its first students in the 2014-15 academic year.

DSAG currently awards two scholarships at the conference of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) each year. Crystal Turner and Oryla Wiedoeft, both EdD candidates, were the 2013 DSAG scholarship recipients.

Turner, the director of educational services for the Fullerton School District, has worked in education for 13 years and was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011.

Wiedoeft, currently an administrator at the Los Angeles Unified School District Office of Parent and Community Engagement, aims to one day serve as superintendent of a large urban district.