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:


    With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to take a moment to offer my sincerest gratitude for your commitment to our Glendale Unified School District.


    I am so thankful for each and every one of you who dedicate your time, energy, and talent to enriching our students’ lives and improving educational outcomes for every child in our district. Whether you are a current student, alumnus, family member, or community partner, you play an important role in helping our students grow into their best selves, ready to excel in their professions and provide service to their communities.


    Glendale Unified is an exceptional school district, and together we continue to grow and improve every day. In my first five months as superintendent, I have been overwhelmed by the commitment and support from our entire community. Your dedicated efforts reaffirm my belief that Glendale Unified’s best days are ahead.


    I hope you have an opportunity to relax and spend time with family, friends, and loved ones over Thanksgiving break next week. I look forward to continuing our transformative work for the rest of this school year and beyond.


    We are excelling together to provide our students with endless pathways for success!






    Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools