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Walnut Valley Trustees Appoint New Superintendent

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
May 16, 2013                                                                        Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204

Walnut Valley Trustees Appoint New Superintendent
Dr. Robert P. Taylor named as New District Leader

WALNUT, CA—The Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees has approved Dr. Robert P. Taylor as the new superintendent of the 14,700-student district.

Dr. Taylor was confirmed with a unanimous 5-0 vote during the May 15 Regular Board Meeting. He will officially begin duties on July 1, 2013, bringing more than 20 years of leadership and experience in education.

The Board of Trustees hired an executive search firm to spearhead the selection process for a new superintendent. The firm facilitated stakeholder meetings and a survey to gather input to ensure a math of candidate background and district expectations.

Board members, school officials, and bargaining unit leaders conducted a validation visit to the Corona-Norco Unified School District on May 6, 2013.

“The Board unanimously feels that Dr. Taylor is an outstanding choice for superintendent. We feel that he will bring leadership skills and genuine care for people that will serve our students, staff and community well,” said Board President Helen Hall.

“I am excited and humbled to have this opportunity to work in such an outstanding district,” Dr. Taylor said at the meeting.

Dr. Taylor currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of the Corona-Norco Unified School District.  He began his administrative career in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.  Dr. Taylor has also served as Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Director of K-12 Education, Principal, Assistant Principal, and Teacher.

Dr. Taylor is an Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Redlands, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

Dr. Taylor will succeed Superintendent Dr. Dean S. Conklin who after almost 15 years of service to the Walnut Valley Unified School District will retire in June 2013.

Dr. Taylor and his wife Tamara have three children.


The Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees approved Dr. Robert Taylor as the new superintendent during the May 15 Regular Board Meeting.