“Father, Friend, Advocate”

LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2012) – Board of Education Vice President Dr. Richard Vladovic of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was named one of the “Six Magnificent Men” during a recent luncheon sponsored by the Carson Coordinating Council. 


The inaugural event, held at the Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center in Carson, honored their professional achievements. Organizers hope that young men will be encouraged by the honorees to follow in their footsteps, striving to make their dreams come true.  To do so, they invited a student honoree, Joshua Sandoval, from Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School to sit at the table with the “Six Magnificent Men” and Superintendent John E. Deasy.


“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the Carson Coordinating Council, and humbled that I have been chosen for this award,” Dr. Vladovic said. “I have devoted my life to making a difference for children in Carson and Los Angeles County, who I care about as if they were my own.”


Of Dr. Vladovic, the council expressed that, “Dr. “V” views the boys and girls of the District as his extended family.  He calls them by name and holds them close to his heart.  Father, friend, advocate.  Castle-builder.”


Others honored were: Richard Chang, founder, Premiere Printing; Jerry Groomes, former City Manager, City of Carson; Walter Neil, Government & Public Affairs Director, BP West Coast Products LLC; Gil Smith, former Mayor and City Founder, City of Carson; and Tom Willoughby, past President, Carson-Gardena-Dominguez Rotary Club and Club Advisor to Gardena High School Rotary Interact Club.


The council promotes academic and social success by building resiliency in children, youth and families through interventions and collaboration with community resources in the City of Carson. For years, the organization has held a “Six Magnificent Women” ceremony.