Dr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra
After a nationwide search, the Escondido Union School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra as its next Superintendent. The position became vacant after longtime Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Walters announced her retirement earlier this year.
After a four-month search, Dr. Ibarra rose to the top, bringing with him a wealth of expertise as a teacher, a principal and district level administrator. His wide range of experiences have helped him oversee the daily operations of large urban school districts, including serving as an Associate Superintendent of Business and Finance, and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources for the Oceanside Unified School District since 2001.
EUSD Board President Marty Hranek commented, "During our community visit last week, people who have worked with him over the last 13 years in Oceanside described him using such words as "respect," "integrity," "team-player," and "student-centered." Dr. Ibarra embodies those qualities which are so critical in leading a district and community forward."
Dr. Ibarra will begin his tenure on July 1, 2014. “I believe my personal and professional experiences will be a solid fit with the mission and goals of the Escondido Union School District.”
Overseeing finances for the OUSD, Dr. Ibarra was responsible for the management of all business-related functions, including managing the district’s $195 million bond construction program. Under his leadership, the district modernized ten school site projects, all on-time and within budget.
Dr. Ibarra completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, San Diego and California State University, San Marcos in 2008. He earned his Master’s in Educational Administration from Azusa Pacific University in 1995, and finished his undergraduate studies with a BA in Liberal Arts from California State University, San Bernardino in 1990.
“I have been blessed to experience the benefits of public education, first as a student learning English and academics simultaneously, and later as a teacher, a school site leader, and now as Escondido’s proud new superintendent. We continue our important work-to provide the best learning experiences to Escondido’s children.”