Superintendent Michelle King Earns a Doctorate in Education From the University of Southern California

LOS ANGELES (May 12, 2017) - L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King was awarded a doctorate in education this week from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, earning the top academic degree while leading the nation’s second-largest school district.

A career educator who graduated from L.A. Unified, Dr. King also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in administration from Pepperdine University. She has also received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University.

“This has been a long and exciting journey,” Dr. King said. “I have remained inspired and strengthened by our amazing students and employees, as well as the amazing work taking place in our schools. I am grateful for the support I have received as I continue my pursuit of knowledge as a lifelong learner.”

Since being promoted to superintendent in January 2016, Dr. King has focused on innovation, equity in schools, and educational excellence, as the District pursues a goal of 100 percent graduation. Under her leadership, L.A. Unified has established new educational pathways, broadened student access to the arts, increased parent engagement and strengthened social-emotional supports.

With its graduation rate climbing steadily, the District has established partnerships that guarantee students free tuition to community college, as well as admission to California State University campuses and other institutions of higher learning.

“Superintendent King – now Dr. King – is an outstanding role model for the entire L.A. Unified family,” said School Board President Steve Zimmer. “Through her knowledge, leadership, dedication and resiliency, she demonstrates every day that education is the key to success.”


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