John Pappalardo

San Gabriel Unified School District

Dr. John W. Pappalardo, Superintendent was appointed by the Board of Education of San Gabriel Unified School District on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Dr. Pappalardo most recently served prior to becoming Superintendent, for six years as the Chief Finance and Facilities Officer in the Pasadena Unified School District.  He successfully helped lead that district through a time of great economic challenges, providing fiscal stability and continuity during a number of superintendent and board member turnovers.  He was the staff lead on the Board committees for Master Planning, Finance, and Facilities, and also led the two-year community committee for Sub-Geographic Board Boundary Elections, and the Citizen’s Oversight Committee for the $350 million bond Measure TT.

Previously, Dr. Pappalardo served in the San Gabriel Unified School District from 1996 through 2009, first as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, then Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent Designee.  During his tenure, he addressed the District’s negative general fund balance and achieved a strong financial position for the District which he maintained throughout his tenure.  He oversaw all business, facilities, and operations functions, participated in collective bargaining negotiations, and served as Co-Chairman for the Arts and Enrichment Strategic Action Plan Committee.

Prior to his service in San Gabriel, Dr. Pappalardo was Business Services Manager and Director of Data Processing for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District.  Since 2002, he has taught Master’s level fiscal resource management courses at the University of La Verne and at California State University, Los Angeles as a component of the Tier 1 Administrative Credentialing program.
Dr. Pappalardo is a life-long resident of the San Gabriel Valley.  He has his Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne, a Master of Science in Management Science from Cal State Fullerton, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona, and an Associate of Science Degree from Citrus Community College.  He and his wife Jennifer, along with their three children, Lindsay, John, and James, live in Glendora, CA.