Judy D. White, Ed.D.
2014 Citizen of the Year
Dr. Judy D. White is the Superintendent for Moreno Valley Unified School District, with 3,400 employees and 35,000 students. She has over 35 years of experience in education and embraces a united effort of “Excellence on Purpose.” Prior to her appointment in Moreno Valley, she served as Deputy Superintendent for San Bernardino City Unified School District. Dr. White has served as Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Special Education Director, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and Deputy Superintendent of Program Improvement, Curriculum/Instruction and Accountability & Research. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Azusa Pacific University and Aenon Bible College. Her educational credits include a B.A. in Sociology from Occidental College in Los Angeles, M.A. in Education from California State University San Bernardino, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.
Dr. White is the current president of CAAASA, a member of ACSA, CALSA, Optimist, NABSE, NAACP, and Sisters in Christ, and serves on the Board for National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST), Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Commission, and United Way of the Inland Valleys. She recently served as ACSA Action Team Leader during revision of the ACSA Strategic Plan. Dr. White is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2013 Woman of the Year for Moreno Valley, awarded by the 61st District Assemblyman, Jose Medina. Other awards include the 2013 Sacred Sistahs, Inc. Special Shero Award, 2012 Madam C.J. Walker Public Service Award, 2012 Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women, 2012 Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award, 2011 Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Delta Rho Chapter Award, 2012 CAAASA Emerging Educator Superintendent’s Award, 2010 ACSA Region 12 Dr. Marcus A. Foster Memorial Award, and 2009 ACSA Region 12 Central Office Administrator of the Year Award. While in San Bernardino, Dr. White founded the “City of Readers” Literacy Program and the ASTERISK* Program, which provides summer jobs to high school students.
Since her appointment as Superintendent for Moreno Valley USD in February 2011, Dr. White has instituted many new programs to involve the community and support student achievement. Under her leadership the District has conducted annual districtwide Back to School events and community-wide Career Days, instituted a citywide Reading Festival, established a formal “Adopt a School” program for local businesses and organizations and “Gift of Time Volunteers” program for individuals, established an “Excellence on Purpose” Educational Foundation, implemented a “Help Me Graduate” hotline and webpage to assist credit-deficient students, established districtwide Game Nights to support athletics, opened a Parent Resource Center, and has actively sought out and secured donations and grants in support of multiple projects targeted for Professional Learning Communities, literacy, improving graduation rates, closing the achievement gap, and increasing volunteerism. Two prestigious federal i3 technology grants have been awarded to the District that will each bring $5 million in support for English Learner families and Middle School Math. In addition, the 2013-14 School Year welcomes the first District online school, Dual Language Immersion program, and International Baccalaureate program. Dr. White has become known as an inspirational advocate for all students and has made a name for herself in the community for reaching out, embracing change for the better, and holding the district accountable for student success.