The Board of Education of the Oak Park Unified School District is in the process of conducting an Executive Search for the District’s next Superintendent. Leadership Associates, an executive search firm, was selected to advise the school board in this important process. Bill Banning and Sandy Thorstenson from Leadership Associates will serve as search advisors to the Board.  

    Please check this webpage for ongoing updates and important announcements regarding this process.


    If you have any questions about this process, please contact our Public Information & Strategic Communications Officer Ragini Aggarwal- Raggarwal@opusd.org or 818-735-3206 or contact our search consultants Bill Banning at wbanning@leadershipassociates.org or Sandy Thorstenson at sthorstenson@leadershipassociates.org

    Superintendent Search Timeline

    The OPUSD Board of Education meeting on November 27th to discuss the search process, timeline, and OPUSD community input. 

    Community Input Survey

    • Superintendent Search Community Input Survey (December 7 - 21, 2023) 
    • Educational Partner Focus Groups (January 16-19, 2024) (Survey reopens) 
    • Parents/Guardians/Community Members Focus Group Meeting with Consultants (January 17-19, 2024)

    Superintendent Position Description

    Frequently Asked Questions


    1. How does the search process work?

    The Board is working with Leadership Associates to conduct a rigorous, nationwide search. The Board will seek, receive, consider, and review all input from the community, review all candidate applications, interview those candidates determined by the Board, and select the new Superintendent. 


    1. When will the new Superintendent be hired?

    The Board will approve and publish a timeline which will reflect these details. Please check back if the timeline is not yet posted. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues.


    1. How and when do parents and other educational partners weigh in?

    The Board will be soliciting input on the characteristics, experience, and skills desired in the next Superintendent via an online survey and educational partners conference sessions.


    1. When will the District share the collected input with the public?

    All information gathered will be presented to the Board and then compiled, summarized, and incorporated into the Superintendent Position Profile / Description, which will be published here following the Board review. 


    1. Who will make the final selection?

    By law, the Board is solely responsible for hiring the new Superintendent. The Board will seek, receive, and consider all input from the community, review all applications, interview those candidates determined by the Board, and select the new Superintendent.


    1. How can the public follow this process?

    Updates regarding the Superintendent search process will be posted here. The Board will also provide updates at its regularly scheduled board meetings and future press releases.


    1. Can we find out who is applying?

    All application materials, including the names of applicants and any other personally identifiable information, are confidential under law.


        8. What are the advantages of hiring a search firm for the superintendent search process?

    A search firm can provide valuable assistance in recruiting, screening, and conducting interviews for superintendent candidates, saving the district time and resources. Their extensive network and ability to recruit can bring a larger pool of qualified candidates for consideration, enhancing the chances of finding the perfect match for the district.


         9. What is a confidential superintendent search?

    A confidential superintendent search means that all applicants for the position of superintendent of schools will apply directly to the search consultants. The board will work together with the search firm to identify, from the entire applicant pool, who meets our criteria and who we would like to interview. The board will see ALL applications, but they will first be submitted to the search firm.


       10. Why is a confidential search necessary?

    This process is followed to attract sitting superintendents and other education professionals who may prefer that their candidacy for the position not be made public. Without confidentiality, there is often a very limited pool of candidates for the position of superintendent. Conducting a confidential search increases the likelihood that the most qualified candidates will apply for the position.