Dr. Dale Marsden is superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, California’s 9th largest urban public school district, which serves a diverse student population comprised of 78 percent Latino and 11 percent African-American students and a 91 percent poverty rate. The District serves over 48,000 students in 72 schools across a 98-square-mile radius.
Dr. Marsden is a veteran educator with a proven track record of transforming educational systems by focusing on a broadbased community engagement approach that has resulted in historic increases of graduation rates, 50 percent reduction of suspensions and citations, and the creation of robust career pathways that have students in elementary through high school developing the skills and certifications necessary to succeed in both college and careers. For 2018-19, SBCUSD achieved a 91.8% graduation rate, surpassing the county, state
and national average.
Under his leadership, the District has become a catalyst to lead the City of San Bernardino beyond bankruptcy to a community of excellence. Much of Dr. Marsden’s current efforts are working in tandem with Gallup, Inc. to evaluate community-wide measures of hope, engagement, and well-being to ensure thriving schools and community. Dr. Marsden earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino in Liberal Studies with a minor in mathematics, a master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a doctorate of education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Pepperdine University. In 2018, he was named a national Leader to Learn From by Education Week.