William Bragg is the new superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District, the board of trustees announced last Friday. Bragg, a deputy superintendent for instruction in the Oceanside Unified School District, succeeds Patricia Lamson, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of the 15,000-student, K-8 district.
Bragg will join the Cupertino district this coming Monday, April 7.
"Dr. Bragg is the unanimous choice of our board," said president Sandra James in announcing the appointment. "He loves children, is an instructional leader, has extensive classroom teaching and school site leadership experience, and is committed to an inclusive process that involves staff, parents, and the broader community. He has a proven track record of positive leadership in curriculum development, personnel, staff development, facility planning and budget development.
"Our district will continue in good bands. He is a listener, a teacher, a leader - a perfect fit for what is one of the premier school districts in California," James said.
Since Lamson announced her retirement last fall after 30 years in the Cupertino district, the board has conducted an extensive national search and selection process to determine her successor.
Board members received input from staff, parents and the community on personal characteristics and leadership qualifications.
An educator since 1969, Bragg taught grades 1-5 for 12 years in Southern California. He then served as an elementary school principal and assistant superintendent for personnel in the New Haven Unified School District in Union City.
for four years. In l985, he joined the Oceanside School District as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and personnel before assuming his last position.
In his 10 years as deputy superintendent, Bragg has been responsible for all aspects of the instructional program, and was the architect of Oceanside's school-based coordination program to support efforts that have a positive impact on student learning. He also played a pivotal role in the district's school construction program, and administered the successful implementation of middle schools and class size reduction.
Bragg received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his master's degree from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, and his doctorate from United States International University, San Diego.
Bragg is the 12th superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District that serves students in Cupertino and portions of Los Altos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale. He and his wife Pam have two grown children in college, a daughter at Pepperdine and a son at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.