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Biographical Sketch

Dr. James Elsasser began his tenure as Superintendent of the Claremont Unified School District on July 1, 2012. He comes to the District well prepared with extensive credentials in education. Dr. Elsasser earned his B.A. in Music Education and M.A. in Education from Azusa Pacific University. He earned his doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Elsasser has worked in education for over 20 years. He began his career in Downey Unified School District where he served as a teacher and Assistant Principal. In 2000, Dr. Elsasser became Principal of Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos Unified School District. During his tenure at Oak Middle School, he led the school to recognition as a California Distinguished School in 2001 and again in 2005, and a National Blue Ribbon School in 2002. Dr. Elsasser also served as Director of Classified Personnel and Special Projects in Los Alamitos USD and, most recently, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in Anaheim City School District. As Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Elsasser served as the district’s chief negotiator and has extensive training in Interest Based Bargaining. He was also involved with creating and implementing the district’s vision and mission statements, guiding principles, and goals established with the Board of Education.

Dr. Elsasser is a member of the Association of California School Administrators and the Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group for the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He is also a member of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and serves as a mentor for aspiring school leaders in CALSA’s Mentoring Program.

Dr. Elsasser resides in Anaheim Hills with his wife of 20 years, Lori, and their three children, Corey, Brooke, and Nicholas.