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, Employees, Families, and Community:


    I am honored and excited to be selected as your next Superintendent of Schools. I have been a proud Glendale resident for 20 years. As a longtime educator and member of this community, I assure you that I appreciate the unique opportunity and the enormous responsibilities that go with the position.


    I have served in many diverse roles over my 34-year career, and those experiences have prepared me to lead our school district to meet the high expectations the community desires and our students deserve. This incredible journey has taught me to appreciate the work of educators and support staff, and to value the strength of highly engaged families and community leaders.


    My guiding principle as your superintendent is excelling together to provide our students with endless pathways for success. One of the things that drew me to Glendale is that our district truly offers personalized learning for every student. From our FLAG dual language immersion programs, to our magnet schools, to our Career and Technical Education programs, to our alternative education options like Daily High School and Verdugo Academy, Glendale Unified has something for everyone. I am fully committed to sustaining these programs and developing new and innovative ways to engage every student.


    My top priority is to maximize student achievement and promote a college-going culture while supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. We will work together to improve student academic outcomes, and I look forward to continuing our transformative work with Restorative Practices to build strong school communities and create safe, positive learning environments in which our students can thrive.


    I am humbled and grateful to the Glendale Unified Board members for placing their faith in me. I will lead in my role as superintendent by consistently integrating student, family, and community voices into the conversation. I welcome involvement from business, higher education, and community leaders to help our students grow into their best selves, ready to excel in their professions and provide service to their communities.


    I am excited about what is to come and I hope that you are too. Over the next few months, I plan to visit every school and get to know every community within Glendale Unified. Excelling together is our mission and I look forward to taking this journey with you.




    Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools