The elected Riverside County Superintendent of Schools serves as both the chief executive officer of the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) and the Superintendent of Schools for the county’s preschool through 12th grade segment of that system—the 4th largest in California.
The County Superintendent leads the team of extraordinary employees at the RCOE in working with each of the county’s 430,000 students, almost 18,000 classrooms, 450 schools and 23 school districts to help ensure all students receive a high quality education, graduating from high school well prepared for the workplace and for college.
The County Superintendent and staff work to ensure each school district remains in solid financial condition. They advocate at the local, state and national levels for effective public education policy on behalf of the students, families, schools and school districts in the county. And they move forward sound, timely and effective education initiatives at the county level to help ensure all students are well prepared for the future.
Dr. Judy D. White serves as the 12th Riverside County Superintendent of Schools.
In her role, Dr. White works with the county’s 23 school districts and the staff at the Riverside County Office of Education to ensure high quality education that invests in all students while developing and sustaining strong collaborative relationships with students, teachers, parents, and the community for student success.
Dr. White was born in Los Angeles California. She graduated with honors from Cajon High School in San Bernardino and earned an academic scholarship to Occidental College where she obtained a degree in Sociology. Dr. White received a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling from California State University, San Bernardino and a teaching credential from UC Irvine. She later attended UC Riverside for her administrative credential and Azusa Pacific University for her doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Dr. White has worked as a classified educator, teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent in San Bernardino City Unified School District and superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District. The community calls her a “history maker and stereotype breaker” because of the numerous recognitions and accomplishments she has earned. To name a few, Moreno Valley 2014 Citizen of the Year, Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity 2016 Community Member of the Year, Labor Management 2015 Collaborator, NAACP 2015 Educator of the Year, and Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s 2018 Education Partner of the Year award recipient, and the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award. She currently serves as a Commissioner with the First 5 Riverside, Riverside County Children & Families Commission, and a trustee for The College Board, Fiscal Crises & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), WestEd, and past trustee for United Way.
Dr. White is the proud wife of 40 years to Mr. Anthony Wayne White. She is the mother of four children, grandmother of nine, and a member of Living Way Christian Fellowship. She describes herself as a servant leader and has added value to every position she has held by increasing graduation rates, empowering students through internships, and facilitating a citywide adopt-a-school process.