Dr. Gregory A. Franklin has been serving as superintendent of the Tustin Unified School District since July 1, 2011. Dr. Franklin has worked in public education for the past 32 years. Prior to joining TUSD, he served as superintendent of the Los Alamitos Unified School District, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Glendale Unified School District and assistant superintendent of human resources in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. He was also principal of Fullerton Union High School and Bonita High School in the Bonita Unified School District, and assistant principal at Saddleback High School in the Santa Ana Unified School District.
Superintendent Franklin began his career as a social studies teacher and football and track coach at Saddleback High School. He took a year off to teach English as a second language to Japanese professionals in Tokyo, Japan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in education from Chapman University and his doctorate in educational leadership from USC. He has served as an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Northridge; and Chapman University.
Among his accomplishments, Dr. Franklin was named California and Orange County Superintendent of the Year for 2014, received Golden Bell Awards by the California School Boards Association for various curriculum programs, and the Junior Achievement of Southern California’s Teacher of the Year Award for his work with students and applied economics courses. In addition, Dr. Franklin is Chair of the USC Rossier School of Education Dean’s Superintendent Advisory Group, president of the Association of California School Administrators State Superintendents Council, and a member of the Southern California Superintendents group. Locally he is a member of the Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club.
Dr. Franklin is passionate about preparing students to enter the global workforce through the integration of technology, real-world applications, and rigorous instruction.