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LVJUSD Announces Finalist for Superintendent Position

June 10, 2024 - Livermore, CA -  After a comprehensive search and interview process facilitated in consultation with the professional search firm Leadership Associates, The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Board of Education has identified Torie Gibson, Ed.D as the finalist candidate to serve as LVJUSD’s next Superintendent of Schools. Gibson’s employment contract will be presented for board approval at the regularly scheduled board meeting on June 18, 2024. “We were fortunate to have had a number of great candidates to consider during this process, however, I am pleased to say that after careful consideration, Dr. Gibson’s selection was unanimous by our Board. We look forward to the new perspectives and ideas she will bring to our district, while also maintaining the momentum of the progress that we’ve seen in a number of areas,” remarked Board President Emily Prusso.  

Gibson, whose most recent role as the dual superintendent for both the Amador County Office of Education and Amador County Unified School District, will bring 26 years of educational experience to Livermore. Gibson’s career, centered in Northern California throughout San Joaquin, Sacramento, Nevada, and Amador counties, includes K-12 leadership experience from schools and districts of varying sizes from both urban and rural areas. In addition to her nine years of superintendent experience, she has served in vice principal, principal, and Director of Program Improvement roles throughout her career. As an instructional leader, Gibson has dedicated her career to building educational systems that enhance student achievement and provide educational support and growth opportunities to students from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and academic backgrounds. Gibson believes the overall educational success of students requires a focus on both their academic and social-emotional needs, which aligns with LVJUSD’s Framework for Success. To achieve the educational goals desired for students, Gibson maintains that creating a strong team on a foundation of transparency and trust is paramount. “Collaboration and open communication are essential to creating a cohesive culture. Successful leadership requires approachability and consistent engagement with those inside and outside the organization,” expressed Gibson.

Gibson earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an administrative credential from California State University, Sacramento; a Masters in Education Counseling from Chapman University; and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of LaVerne. The daughter of a now-retired teacher, Gibson grew up in Red Bluff, California, where her family was involved in cattle ranching. She looks forward to relocating to Livermore with her husband, Mark, and their Portuguese Water Dog, Pavlov. Gibson shared, “I am excited to become a part of the Livermore community. My goal is to build on the strong foundation that exists and to work collaboratively to ensure that we continue providing exceptional educational opportunities for all students. I look forward to meeting each of you, hearing your ideas, and working together to achieve great things for our schools and community. Thank you for welcoming me to Livermore. I am eager to get started and to embark on this exciting journey with all of you.”

Gibson’s start date is still being determined, but is planned to be well in advance of the start of the 2024-25 school year, which begins August 13, 2024.

Torie Gibson
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