COACHELLA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES NEW
The Coachella Valley Unified School District named Ricardo Medina as the new
superintendent. The Board of Trustees approved his appointment on Thursday, April 9,
2009. Mr. Medina comes to CVUSD from Pajaro Valley Unified School District in
Watsonville, California where he currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent and
prior to that he was in Alum Rock School District in San Jose as the Academic
Achievement Officer. Prior to Alum Rock Mr. Medina has served as a superintendent in
Michigan and in California. He has also worked in Blythe, CA first as a Middle School
Principal and was later promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.
Mr. Medina received his first bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University
(Saginaw, Michigan) in Sociology and Business and completed the Bilingual Teacher
program as well. His second bachelor’s degree came from Eastern Michigan University
in Ypsilanti where he majored in Education and received his secondary teaching
credentials. He has a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University in Curriculum
and Instruction and he completed additional post graduate coursework at Michigan
State in Educational Administration to fulfill Michigan Administrative Credential
requirements. In California he enrolled at Cal State University San Bernardino to fulfill
California’s requirements for the Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential.
Mr. Medina is currently in the Nova Southeastern University doctorate program.
Mr. Medina began his professional career as a Hispanic Student Advisor at Delta
Community College in Michigan and later became a Community Liaison with the Title
VII Bilingual Program in Saginaw City Schools. He was a teacher in the Saginaw,
Michigan area. Mr. Medina left teaching to further his career in education to serve as
State Supervisor of Trade and Technical Education for the Michigan Department of
Education in Lansing, Michigan.