Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D. | Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Vivian Ekchian


  • A long-standing Glendale resident, Vivian Ekchian is a 30+ year urban school district educator with a proven track record of implementing reform in complex systems.  Her refined ability to develop leadership and talent, focus internal and external stakeholders on a common goal, and build coherence has benefited countless students, families, communities and staff members.  Much of her success stems from her life experiences including a multi-cultural upbringing and journey to Southern California as an immigrant. Learn more...

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    Dear Glendale Unified Students, Staff, Families, and Community:

    My heartfelt wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mother figures in our community. Although our moms deserve gratitude and celebration every day, I think an extra special recognition is deserved this year as the role of mother has been greatly expanded in the wake of this global pandemic and remote learning experience.

    I never truly understood the sacrifices a mother has to make until I became one myself. In addition to being caretakers, our mothers are our teachers, therapists, coaches, cheerleaders, and role models. These roles never end, even as our children grow into adults. Of the many things my own mother has taught me, the most important is to be kind, treat everyone with respect, and be mindful of how my words and actions might affect others.

    As superintendent of the Glendale Unified School district, I treat each and every one of our 26,000 students as if they were my own child and I expect the same from our administrators, teachers, and staff. Whether our children are attending school in person or remotely, every child deserves to learn in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment, and to receive an education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life.

    To our mothers, Happy Mother’s Day. To everyone in our Glendale Unified community, thank you for your support and partnership as we work together to build a stronger Glendale Unified community.



    Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools