Escobedo Appointed to State Board of Education

September 16, 2021
Dr. Francisco Escobedo

San Diego State University’s Dr. Francisco Escobedo has been appointed to the State Board of Education by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Escobedo is the new executive director of SDSU’s National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) and he has lectured in the Department of Educational Leadership since 2001.

“Being part of the governing and policy-making body of the California Department of Education is an immense responsibility,” Escobedo said. “My experiences in higher education combined with my 30-year tenure in K-12 education grants me a unique and coherent lens as I assist in making prudent decisions that will affect a multitude of our students. I am honored to be able to undertake this noble position.”

Escobedo took over leadership of NCUST on Sept. 1, succeeding founding executive director Joseph F. Johnson Jr., who retired from the position. Previously, Escobedo served as the superintendent of the high-achieving Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Read more about Escobedo at SDSU NewsCenter.
Photo courtesy Chula Vista Elementary School District.
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