Dr. White’s Leadership at GIA
GIA thanks Dr. Judy White for her leadership in the Inland Educational Network and Growing Inland Achievement.
As Co-Chair and Board Member of Growing Inland Achievement, Dr. White was instrumental in crafting our mission, vision, and values that guide our work every day. She brought together GIA, educational nonprofit organizations and institutions in the region into a network that pursue the same goals.
Dr. White also had a major role in creating the regional goals the network and GIA pursue to accomplish our mission. Resultantly, she played a large part in constructing the necessary strategies and tactics, and metrics of success to strive toward our goals. Her leadership in the network has led to significant student success increases by the Inland Educational Network.
Dr. White’s Distinguished Career
The entirety of Dr. White’s career can be characterized by incredible achievements. Her leadership bettered educational institutions and students in the Inland Empire.
Dr. White began her K-12 educational career as a classified staff member assisting the principal at San Bernardino High School. Dr. White then earned her teaching credential to teach within the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). Her career in in SBCUSD accelerated as she was hired in roles as a principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent.
In 2011, Dr. White’s career moved to Riverside County as she became superintendent of the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD). For six years, Dr. White led the 3,400 employees and 33,000 students at MVUSD, Riverside County’s third largest district. In Dr. White’s tenure, MVUSD graduation rates increased by 20.5%. The district also received notable achievements and awards on a county, state, and national level.
Sworn in on February 1st, 2017, Dr. White made history as the first African American woman to serve as Superintendent for Riverside County schools.
The Next Step In Her Journey
“I love you. It is okay for us to tell each other as we feel as long as it comes from a pure heart with good intentions and genuineness. I love you.” – Dr. Judy White.
After 43 years of service in public education, Dr. White’s shares her plan to launch the nonprofit organization MOSAIC, (Multicultural, Optimistic, Support, Aspiring, Inspiring, Called), in her farewell announcement. The nonprofit’s mission is to lead others to bring races together.
“At the age of 12, I made a commitment to be serving people at my highest capacity by [the year] 2000. I also said I wanted to retire at 65 years old, while I was still young enough to serve my community… and to be the best grandmother as my grandmother was to me. I have not held her yet, but I look forward to holding my tenth grandchild.”
Dr. White’s faith, love for her family and community drive her to continue bettering our region and our world.
We wish Dr. White happiness and fulfillment in the next step in her journey. You can watch her full farewell announcement below.